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Report: MLB may suspend Alex Rodriguez under labor deal, eliminate chance of delaying penalty

07.30.13 at 9:29 am ET
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Alex Rodriguez may not get a chance to delay the penalty that is expected to come his way by going to an arbitrator, as Major League Baseball may try to suspend Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, according to The Associated Press.

Rodriguez, who is expected to be suspended due to his connection with the Biogenesis scandal, would be a first offender under baseball’s joint drug agreement and entitled to an automatic stay if the players’ association files a grievance. That would put any sort of penalty against Rodriguez on hold until after an arbitrator rules.

In order to have the penalty put into place immediately, MLB may argue that Rodriguez committed other alleged violations are punishable under the labor contract. These violations may include Rodriguez recruiting other athletes for the clinic, obstructing MLB’s investigation and not being honest with MLB when discussing his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty to a federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs from Canada into the United States two years ago.

However, Rodriguez’s lawyer David Cornwell told ESPN that he plans on fighting any penalty from baseball through the appeals process.

Rodriguez would not be paid for any games missed due to a suspension. He has a little less than $100 million remaining on his contract, and the Yankees would save $7.5 million for every 50 games Rodriguez misses. He is due a $6 million bonus if he hits 13 more homers and ties Willie Mays with 660 career homers.

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