Yankees official on A-Rod's claims: 'This is typical Alex'

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez is surrounded by the media as he signs autographs before his...

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez is surrounded by the media as he signs autographs before his rehabilitation game with minor league team Trenton Thunder in Trenton, New Jersey, August 2, 2013. (REUTERS/Scott Anderson)

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New York Yankees officials responded Saturday to third baseman Alex Rodriguez's claim that the team is trying to keep him off the field so it can void his contract.

They also laughed off Rodriguez's assertion that he wants performance-enhancing drugs out of baseball.

Major League Baseball is in the midst of deciding on punishment for Rodriguez and other players tied to South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis and PED's.

"This is typical Alex," one Yankees official told the New York Daily News.

"Instead of taking responsibility for his actions, he blames everybody else. It wasn't the Yankees who introduced him to Anthony Bosch. It wasn't the Yankees who introduced him to Dr. Galea, or anybody else."

Bosch is the founder of Biogenesis and Galea is a human growth hormone proponent who treated Rodriguez in 2009.

Rodriguez is on a minor league rehab assignment at Class AA Trenton. Friday, he declared he is "100 percent" ready to play in a major league game for the first time in more than nine months.

That game could come Monday when the Yankees go to Chicago to play the White Sox.

MLB might pull the plug on Rodriguez's plans, however.

The cloud of a lifetime suspension still hangs over the 14-time All-Star's head. Sunday is expected to be the deadline for players to accept Biogenesis-related suspensions. The official announcements are expected to come Monday.

While most of the other eight players who are expected to be suspended for 50 games reportedly are willing to accept their punishment, Rodriguez has said that he will appeal any suspension.


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Rodriguez said Friday that he believes the Yankees want him banned so they can avoid paying the $95 million left on his contract. Then he said want he really wants is to see baseball "get PEDs out of the game."

The 38-year-old believes that he thinks he can play another five years. He also said he will keep fighting and "follow due process" when it comes to any punishment that might be meted out from the Biogenesis investigation.

He was scheduled to play seven innings for Trenton on Saturday, and if he seems sufficiently recovered from a Grade 1 quad strain, he could join the Yankees on Monday.

While Rodriguez awaits MLB's decision, there have been reports his legal team has been trying to negotiate a settlement, but those talks have stalled and the two sides are not close on a settlement.

USA Today reported that MLB has given Rodriguez a choice: either accept a suspension through the 2014 season or face a lifetime ban.

If Rodriguez accepts the suspension, it would result in him losing $34.5 million in salary. But he would still be due $61 million from 2015-17, as well as a possible $30 million in bonuses -- if he averts a lifetime suspension.

"There's a lot of layers to this," he said, adding that this is not the last time he will be on the baseball field.

"I love the Yankees. I love the clubhouse and my brothers. I'm excited to go back there and help them win another championship."


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