Alex Rodriguez’s legal team plans to contest Major League Baseball’s allegation that the New York Yankees third baseman is a repeat offender of the league’s drug policy, ESPN reports.
Rodriguez is appealing a league-imposed 211-game suspension for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs for “multiple years” and for allegedly interfering with the league’s investigation of the Biogenesis clinic, which MLB believes supplied PEDs to multiple players.
"We are challenging that there are multiple violations of the (Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment) Program," David Cornwell, Rodriguez’s attorney, told WFAN radio in New York.
Cornwell also denied reports that Rodriguez had negotiated a possible deal with MLB before the suspension was announced that would have allowed him to accept a shorter suspension, retire and still earn his remaining salary.
“No, it did not happen,” Cornwell told WFAN. “We did not do that.”
However, the New York Daily News reports A-Rod was prepared to accept an 80- to 100-game suspension and then retire following the ban — as long as he would be able to collect about $80 million of the $100 million still owed to him on his contract. MLB refused to make that deal and then announced the 211-game suspension, which was designed to sideline him for the remainder of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 season.
In yet another twist, a source told TMZ that Rodriguez plans to file a federal lawsuit against MLB if his suspension isn’t completely lifted.
Allowed to play during the appeals process, Rodriguez is hitting .259/.333/.407 with a homer and four RBI in seven games this season.