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.

Recent MLB Discussions

MLB PLAYS FOR SAT. THE 28TH on Sat, May 2016 by Timmy1961
MLB Trends Saturday, May 28 on Sat, May 2016 by Blade
ADDITIONAL MLB PLAYS FOR FRI. THE 27 TH on Fri, May 2016 by Timmy1961
First Set of mlb Plays for fri.the 27th on Fri, May 2016 by Timmy1961

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Mets Prediction Will their Mets pick up their third consecutive win when they host the Dodgers tonight at 7:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Twins vs. Mariners Free Pick The Seattle Mariners hope to slow down a slightly surging Minnesota Twins tonight when they face off at 10:10PM...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Angels Pick With two struggling aces on the mound, who will prevail as the Los Angeles Angels host the Houston Astros tonight at...
Thumbnail Will Yankees' Pineda have Rays' number? The Bronx Bombers are on an absolute tear away from Yankee Stadium, and they’re excited to have Alex Rodriguez back in the saddle.
Thumbnail Who takes Reds-Brewers division clash? Cincinnati’s in the midst of an epic losing streak. That means Milwaukee assumes a completely foreign role: favorite.
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages