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Alex Rodriguez, lawyers reportedly considering plea deal with MLB as rehab struggles continue

07.15.13 at 10:30 am ET
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Alex Rodriguez is getting closer and closer to the end of his rehab assignment, but that doesn’€™t necessarily mean he will be back in the majors any time soon.

The New York Daily News reported that following a Friday afternoon meeting between Rodriguez and MLB officials ‘€” during which the case against the Rodriguez was outlined, though he was expected to be uncooperative and not answer questions ‘€” the Yankees third baseman’€™s lawyers are considering a potential plea bargain to avoid the looming possibility of a lifelong ban.

A possible settlement could include a 150-game suspension for A-Rod, who is currently on a rehab assignment as he recovers from January hip surgery. Baseball may pursue similar penalties for other players wrapped up in the scandal involving the now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic, including Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.

There is no 150-game suspension in the joint drug agreement, which has been in place since 2006, so how MLB would settle on that number is unclear. The penalties are 50 games for a player’€™s first offense, 100 games for a second offense and a lifetime ban for a third offense.

Rodriguez has stayed mum on the topic when speaking with reporters in the minor leagues.

‘€œThe bottom line is [MLB] wants these guys out of the game,’€ one of the Daily News’€™ sources told the paper. ‘€œIn [Rodriguez'€™s] case, 150 games would sufficiently accomplish that.’€

All the while, Rodriguez’€™ rehab assignment is not exactly going well. He is hitting .143 (3-for-21) with a .250 OBP and .190 slugging mark, recording more strikeouts (six) than walks (one) in eight games with Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa.

Although he was reprimanded for failing to show up Friday — when ‘€œa clearly shaken Rodriguez ‘€¦ ‘€˜just couldn’€™t make it,’€™ ‘€ according to the Daily News — he will join Double-A Trenton on Monday.

His 20-day rehab assignment officially ends July 22, five days shy of his 38th birthday.

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