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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
Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

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.

“The bottom line is [MLB] wants these guys out of the game,” one of the Daily News’ sources told the paper. “In [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 “a 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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