You’d think this week’s main event would be the trade deadline, but instead, it seems to be Suspension Watch. Yesterday brought the news that MLB is expected to announce the rest of its Biogenesis suspensions this week, which means we could know any day now — any hour now? — exactly how stiff the penalty will be against Alex Rodriguez, and whether he’s going to stick to his story and fight the suspension, or do what Ryan Braun did and accept the punishment.
The latest speculation, based on various reports, is that Rodriguez could face the threat of a lifetime ban, or accept a suspension for the rest of 2013 and all of 2014. At Rodriguez’s age, missing back-to-back seasons could essentially end his career, but it might also still allow him to cash in on the final years of his current contract.
For those with questions about the Biogenesis situation, ESPN’s investigative reporter T.J. Quinn — a University of Missouri grad who’s been in front of this story — spent some time on Twitter last night basically providing answers. A few that matter to the Yankees…
• Quinn says the strongest case for a lifetime ban would be evidence that Rodriguez interfered with the investigation. He also said that, if he does appeal, Rodriguez will be able to play this season. Ken Rosenthal, on the other hand, hears that baseball might “challenge” the idea that first-time offenders are allowed to play during an appeal. Presumably, that challenge would be based on Rodriguez’s previous admission and evidence of previous lies to investigators.
• With all the attention on Rodriguez, it’s kind of easy to forget that Francisco Cervelli is wrapped up in this as well. Cervelli has said he got nothing illegal from Biogenesis, but Quinn said he’s “heard nothing suggesting (Cervelli)’s safe” from a suspension. That’s interesting because Quinn has heard that the league no longer suspects Gio Gonzalez of wrongdoing.
• Not sure there was ever a reason to think Robinson Cano was involved in this, but Quinn made it clear that he’s not seen Cano’s name in any of the documents or heard his name from any of his sources. In fact, he says all of the big names are already out there.
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