NEW YORK, NY (WGR 550) -- Major League Baseball will suspend New Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Monday, which will likely ban the 38-year old for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Various sources told ESPN’s Outside the Lines that talks between Rodriguez and Commissioner Bud Selig's office broke down completely Saturday after Selig told officials he would no longer negotiate.
A source from Rodriguez's representatives told ESPN New York that A-Rod has no interest in a plea bargain and is prepared to fight the league in arbitration. The source said that MLB offered to drop any lifetime bans if Rodriguez accepted giving an arbitrator the flexibility to charge him with more than a 50-game suspension.
In addition to Rodriguez, the league also plans on suspending 12 other players linked to the Miami Biogenesis Clinic. San Diego Padres Shortstop Everth Cabrera, Detroit Tigers Shortstop Jhonny Peralta and Texas Rangers Outfielder Nelson Cruz are among the 12 players expected to face a 50 game suspension.
Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Ryan Braun was the first player punished for his involvement with Performance Enhancing Drugs, as the 2011 NL MVP was suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season without pay. In addition to the 65-game ban, Braun was dropped from his endorsement deal with Nike Inc.