Rodriguez reportedly still negotiating ban with MLB

Alex Rodriguez is holding out hope he'll still be paid by the New York Yankees even though MLB...

Alex Rodriguez is holding out hope he'll still be paid by the New York Yankees even though MLB wants to suspend him for at least the rest of this season and next. (REUTERS file photo)

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Alex Rodriguez reportedly still wants to cash in on what would be left on the $100 million contract he has with the New York Yankees, which has put a wrench in negotiations over his possible suspension by Major League Baseball.

Sources familiar with the talks say Rodriguez and MLB are far apart in negotiating a suspension he is willing to accept and the one the league would like to hand down, reports ESPN.com.

MLB is likely to announce the suspension of Rodriguez in the next few days, while eight other players are expected to accept 50-game suspensions without appealing.

During negotiations, Rodriguez was reportedly shown “volumes” of evidence linking him and Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch, who ran a former Florida anti-aging clinic.

The league is hoping Rodriguez takes the deal that would see him sit out the rest of this season and at least next season.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez took part in a simulated game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Thursday.

He fielded his position at third base and ran the bases between six at-bats. The Yankees announced he saw 31 total pitches.

SHOWALTER SEES WIETERS WITH YANKS

Buck Showalter is growing irate with the Alex Rodriguez saga and how he thinks it will benefit the New York Yankees.

The Baltimore Orioles manager took aim at how the Yankees could get under MLB’s $189 million luxury tax this season and turn the team into free-agent predators again.

“If Bud (commissioner Selig) lets them get away with that, they’re under the luxury tax,” Showalter told USA Today. “If they can reset, they can spend again and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York.”

Wieters, the Orioles catcher, will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season. The 27-year-old has belted 14 home runs and collected 49 RBIs in 99 games prior to Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros.

SOX COULD STILL MOVE RIOS

Mired in last place in the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox may still trade outfielder Alex Rios even though he was not moved by the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

“I don’t know how deep they are going to go into whatever they want to do,” Rios told the Chicago Tribune. “But as of right now, I’m part of the team and I’m going to do everything possible to win games and to do well. That’s how I feel.”

The Pittsburgh Pirates, first in the NL Central, had been heavily rumoured as a possible destination for Rios.

“We are not in the best situation right now,” Rios said. “We are losing a lot of games, and this is not fun.”

RIPKEN OFFERS REWARD

Wanting to bring his mother’s kidnapper to justice, Hall of Fame infielder Cal Ripken Jr. is offering a $100,000 reward.

“In our minds, this is important, not only for us and our community, but for all communities,” Ripken said Thursday at Sports Legends Museum at Baltimore’s Camden Yards. “We would like to get closure on this case and give all of us some peace of mind.”

Ripken said he and his family hope the reward will get the case back on track just over a year after Vi Ripken was kidnapped at gunpoint from her home north of Baltimore. She was then driven in her Lincoln Town Car and released near her house about 24 hours later.

“This might not be the first time he did it, and we want to make sure it’s his last,” said Ripken.


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