NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, The Associated Press has learned.
Why does that matter? Because if MLB goes ahead with the suspension under the labor deal, it means the Yankees slugger would lose virtually any chance of delaying the penalty while he appeals the case.
Rodriguez has never been disciplined for a drug offense, and a first offender under baseball's Joint Drug Agreement is entitled to an automatic stay if the players' union files a grievance. That means the penalty is put on hold until after an arbitrator rules.
But a person familiar with management's deliberations told the AP that MLB could skirt that problem by punishing Rodriguez for other alleged violations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no statements were authorized.

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Pirates depend on rookie to upend M's Pittsburgh’s arms hold a collective ERA of 5.47 this month. Unless today’s starter can buck that ugly trend, the Buccos could be facing another sweep.
Thumbnail Pirates vs. Mariners Pick Can the Seattle Mariners add to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ road struggles when the two meet tonight at 10:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Cain-less Royals visit Cardinals' lair Just when the Royals thought they were returning to full health, perhaps their biggest injury so far this season cropped up.
Thumbnail Mets vs. Nationals Total Pick The Washington Nationals and New York Mets could find themselves struggling to score when they meet up tonight 7:05PM...
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Brewers Pick The Milwaukee Brewers look to snap a four-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Dodgers when the two meet...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages