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More A-Rod drama as MLB files petition against former PR man

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 30, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex RodriguezHere we go. The latest in the Alex Rodriguez saga…

Yesterday, Major League Baseball filed a petition against Rodriguez’s former public relations guru Michael Sitrick, who the league says is withholding documents that pertain to A-Rod suspension and subsequent appeal hearing. Those documents, the league claims, were leaked to Yahoo! Sports several months ago in an effort to out Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli as other players connected to Biogenesis.

The petition has lead to a pair of new public statements, one from Rodriguez’s attorney Joseph Tacopina, and another from Major League Baseball.

Tacopina: “As we have said all along, Alex has never bought any documents related to Biogenesis, and he has repeatedly turned down offers from various individuals who approached him about buying them. Alex unequivocally denies having exposed any players. This is MLB’s desperate cry for help. What happened to the ‘overwhelming mountain’ of evidence against Alex? Having now rested its case against Alex, this effort makes clear to the world that MLB doesn’t have what they said they have. What is perhaps most shocking — and the best evidence of their desperation — is that MLB would do this during the World Series.”

MLB: “We continue to be at a loss to explain how Mr. Tacopina can take the position that his client has done nothing wrong. First, it was Mr. Rodriguez did not use drugs. Now, it is he did not obstruct the investigation. Those statements are simply and demonstrably inaccurate. The action we took yesterday was necessitated by continuing efforts by Mr. Rodriguez’s lawyers to engage in a purposeful coverup.”

So, you know, business as usual.

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75 Responses to “More A-Rod drama as MLB files petition against former PR man”

  1. MTU October 30th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Wake me when it’s over.

    ;)

  2. mick October 30th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    oel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    ICYMI column http://bit.ly/1acdFp0 #Redsox r on brink of title because of a payroll miracle. #Yankees need the same with A-Rod.

  3. blake October 30th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I honestly couldn’t care less about this anymore…..I just want them to make a ruling already so the Yankees will know how much money they’ll have to spend.

  4. mick October 30th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    are both sides trying to muddle horowitz’ thinking by making this an absurd carnival?

  5. AAA October 30th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I honestly couldn’t care less about this anymore…..I just want them to make a ruling already so the Yankees will know how much money they’ll have to spend

    ================================

    This is a legit thing. If this slogs on thru the free agency process, it really leaves the Yankees in a spot.

  6. ronDL white October 30th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Has anyone seen this on the twitter yet? Hilarious.

    Jerry Remy (RemDawg) ?@Jerry_Remy 4h
    Along with everybody else in #RedSox Nation I will be watching every single pitch tonight-Go Sox-Jerry

    Someone’s response

    @Jerry_Remy Will your son Jared be watching too? #psychopath #murderer

  7. blake October 30th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    “This is a legit thing. If this slogs on thru the free agency process, it really leaves the Yankees in a spot.”

    if this Arod mess drags on and they let Cano drag them along all winter then the Yanks are pretty much screwed……that could be somewhere around 50-60 million bucks in limbo that they really couldn’t spend if they are dead set on staying under the cap.

  8. blake October 30th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    twitter has created a whole lot of tough guys….folks that will say just about anything behind a nameless and faceless twitter handle.

  9. mick October 30th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Do you really think Hal will let Cano drag this on thre the winter?
    I’m telling you, he will call Cano on it and force his hand.
    Then he will go spend his money.

  10. ronDL white October 30th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    What’s wrong with that response? It’s legitimate, isn’t it? He’s worried about a World Series for his team, while his psychotic son took someone’s life. I don’t see anything heinous about that tweet.

  11. mick October 30th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Girardi signed the day after Hal made a statement.

  12. blake October 30th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    the Yankees cannot afford to wait around this winter….they have to get a plan together and act quickly if they want to compete in 2014. There are pieces out there that could build a good team for them but if they slog around like they always do then the names will start flying off the board and there just aren’t enough options to do that.

    as soon as the WS is over (hopefully tomorrow night with a Cards victory) they should do the following.

    1) make QO’s to Cano, Granderson, and Kuroda.
    2) when Cano declines the QO they should make their very best offer to him and put a 1 month time limit on it.
    3) they should attempt to get Granderson and Kuroda back on short term deals.
    4) they should approach Peralta and Drew and gauge what they need to sign.
    5) they should contact the Cubs on Castro, the Rangers on Andrus, the Rockies on Tulo, and the Angels on Aybar.
    6) they should be in contact with Salty, Ruiz, and McCann
    7) they should be in touch with Beltran and Choo.
    8) they should prepare to win the bid for Tanaka
    9) they should explore who is available to DH.
    10) they should explore all trade possibilites for offense.

    Personally I think they should attack the 2nd tier guys that won’t get QO’s and try to sign as many of them that fit as possible…..there is a combination of guys out there that could at least make them a contender without giving up the draft pick and also without going over the budget but they would have to act quickly and be aggressive. If they sit around and wait until mid Decemeber then it’s over……

  13. randy l. October 30th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    ” I think it would have been best, as long as they were going to rebuild, to NOT use old YS as the guideline for building the new stadium, but rather start from scratch.”

    doreen-

    my father in the old yankee stadium once stopped me when i was 10 or 11 and very specifically told me to remember the opponent standing a few feet from us. it was ted williams.

    my father hated the red sox and williams , but he also knew as a baseball fan greatness when he saw it. i kind of would have liked a continuation of that father/son thing at the same site.
    i saw kaline break his shoulder in a game ending shoestring catch in right field . i saw mantle and maris getting into a cab after a game from a few feet away. i remember thinking mantle’s neck and shoulders were bigger than anyone i had ever seen.

    i really would have preferred some continuity with those memories and would rather not start over from scratch with a building that doesn’t seem connected to those memories.

  14. Shame Spencer October 30th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    blake – If that sounds like too much for the FO I’m sure Cash wouldn’t mind having you and I go out and try to bribe these guys with BBQ.

  15. sammiejohnson October 30th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I think they have to make Cano a “take it or leave it” offer. It may PO his agents a little, but the Yankees’ have too much work to do this winter to be held hostage. Figure out what their final, top dollar offer is and date it. Time frame should be before the winter meetings. Such as:

    “Our final offer is 7/$175 (or 8/$200, whatever it is). We will not go higher under any circumstances. We like Robbie and would very much like him to return. But we have limits to what we are able to invest in a single player. If the offer is not accepted by midnight on the first day of December it is withdrawn and we wish you the very best”.

  16. joeman October 30th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    yes..I’m going to say it

  17. joeman October 30th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Sox in 6

  18. blake October 30th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Shame,

    some of that stuff is either or but they have to be in contact with everyone.

    Again if they could sign Cano for a reasonable deal…..get Granderson and Kuroda back on short term deals, sign Tanaka, and sign either Peralta or Drew, Salty or Ruiz, and somebody else to DH then that’s at least a team that could compete.

    And it’s a team that wouldn’t tie them down longterm financially…….but some of those guys will sign early….probably before the winter meetings so they have to get a real plan together quickly and attack it.

    if they do this 1 player at a time and slow and methodical junk they always do then they’ll be left holding an empty bucket come January.

  19. Shame Spencer October 30th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I’m paraphrasing Francesa a bit but this is fairly on point: “How can baseball say we’re past this stuff (PEDS) when the main guy, the face of these playoffs, has a history..? Does that worry anyone?”

    He’s spent the last ten minutes talking about the selective vilification of MLB players. …Couldn’t MLB hold this news for a couple more days?

  20. joeman October 30th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    besides what they need to spend..if they can get two very good players and let Cano and his 25 mil per walk I’m for it..but they need to spend the Cano $$$

  21. Shame Spencer October 30th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    blake – If they take the same ‘one thing at a time’ approach as they did last year, we’ll be done before the season even gets started.

  22. randy l. October 30th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    as far as Cano goes, Hal should go for a visit out to MTU.

    MTU should then take him on an amazing hike and after Hal sees some amazing sights, MTU should let Hal wedge himself into a spot between a rock and a hard place.

    MTU should then give him a knife and leave him there. the decision making that Hal would have to make about which limb to remove would be very good practice for Hal when he decides which arm and leg he’s going to have to pay to sign Cano.

  23. joeman October 30th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    why do we have to continue to talk about Ortiz..if he was a NY there would be no Ortiz talk here

  24. Doreen October 30th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Randy -

    I can appreciate that. That’s why the Yankees were in a tough spot.

    And really, I don’t feel strongly – I don’t have that type of connection with Yankee stadium. And I’m sure it wasn’t considered much if at all to scrap the YS “footprint.”

  25. joeman October 30th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    there were a lot of people here wetting themselves when Arod came back as big as a PED user he was

  26. joeman October 30th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    8/200 is to much for the NYY to give Cano….around ages 36-37-38-39 NYY fans will wish he didn’t have hat contract..lessons learned

  27. blake October 30th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    “blake – If they take the same ‘one thing at a time’ approach as they did last year, we’ll be done before the season even gets started.”

    true story.

    The Yankees should make Cano the Tex deal offer right out of the gate and let him know that it’s not changing……tell him he has until Dec 1 to decide but after that they have to move on with their plans. That’s upwards of 80 million more than Pedroia got…..if that’s not enough at age 31 then he never wanted to stay in the first place

  28. joeman October 30th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    how about a 4/120 for Cano

  29. blake October 30th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    “how about a 4/120 for Cano”

    I don’t think Cano would do that…..if he got majorly injured in the next 4 years then he’s giving up like 80 million bucks that he would have if he had went for a longer deal. 8/200 is a lot more security.

  30. sammiejohnson October 30th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    “8/200 is to much for the NYY to give Cano….around ages 36-37-38-39 NYY fans will wish he didn’t have hat contract..lessons learned”

    Sure. But if you are going to make a take it or leave it type of offer, you better make it somewhat competitive. Or his agents will most likely dismiss it out of hand. Someone will bid 8/$200. Or darn close to it.

  31. joeman October 30th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    blake October 30th, 2013 at 4:13 pm
    “how about a 4/120 for Cano”

    I don’t think Cano would do that…..if he got majorly injured in the next 4 years then he’s giving up like 80 million bucks that he would have if he had went for a longer deal. 8/200 is a lot more security.

    ——————————————
    so it’s money and years with him not just one or the other….

  32. joeman October 30th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    sammiejohnson October 30th, 2013 at 4:14 pm
    “8/200 is to much for the NYY to give Cano….around ages 36-37-38-39 NYY fans will wish he didn’t have hat contract..lessons learned”

    Sure. But if you are going to make a take it or leave it type of offer, you better make it somewhat competitive. Or his agents will most likely dismiss it out of hand. Someone will bid 8/$200. Or darn close to it.

    ————————————-
    I would be afraid he would except that 8/200….

  33. randy l. October 30th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    there is no good decision with cano for the yankees.

    they let it go too far.

    it’s too late for a good decision.

    they are screwed if cano stays and they are screwed if he goes.

    the yankees only choice is which way they want to be screwed.

  34. bigdan22 October 30th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Been saying this for awhile. 6/150 is the right deal for Yanks. But it’s not the right deal for Cano. Think he’ll get 8 and at least 200. That’s why he must go. In the long run, the Yanks will be better off without him. In the long run, Cano will be better off without the Yanks. That’s how it works sometimes. The Yanks got his best years at a very good price. The Machine calls that winning.

    Now it’s time to move on to the serious business of building a team.

  35. joeman October 30th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    randy l. October 30th, 2013 at 4:19 pm
    there is no good decision with cano for the yankees.

    they let it go too far.

    it’s too late for a good decision.

    they are screwed if cano stays and they are screwed if he goes.

    the yankees only choice is which way they want to be screwed.
    ——————————————————
    I say make him a offer if he refuses it..go out and spend the Cano money on a couple of very good players..myself a 36 year old Cano worries me at that 25 + mil per

  36. Your Name Here October 30th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Cano 8yrs 210M to play 3rd base for the Sox.

  37. joeman October 30th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Your Name Here October 30th, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    Cano 8yrs 210M to play 3rd base for the Sox.

    ————————————————————-
    that’s a safe bet of not happening ……..but I do like the RS to close it out tonight…Sox in 6

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 30th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    “Mike F sez Fenway is charming.
    Been there, he’s right…”

    I think fenway is as charming as a bowl of puke. The seats are on top of each other and beyond uncomfortable, and it’s just one big continuation of the ugliest color green you’ve ever seen. The “green monster” is ridiculous, and the fans are provincial and atrocious to all teams that come in – not to mention that they manage to do a Yankees suck cheer at least once during every game of the season.

    Seriously, having nothing to do with the team that plays there, I think it’s ugly. Because it is. I don’t know where Francesa finds charm in that peashooter.

  39. kd October 30th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    seems to me that arod is letting lawyers take charge here. they probably put these ridiculous suggestions in front of him in the hopes to bill more. he’s a cash pinata for them now

    his reputation is gone. forever. no hof, no old timers day ovation. no retired number

    he should just negotiate a buy out and hang out in miami

  40. ronDL white October 30th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    There really is no blueprint for winning besides being the Red Sox.

  41. MTU October 30th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Randy-

    I’ll leave Hal there if he doesn’t change his mind about 189.

    If he does he’s safe.

    ;)

  42. MTU October 30th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Wacha Wacha may lose tonight but he knows no fear.

    :)

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 30th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    “seems to me that arod is letting lawyers take charge here. they probably put these ridiculous suggestions in front of him in the hopes to bill more. he’s a cash pinata for them now

    his reputation is gone. forever. no hof, no old timers day ovation. no retired number

    he should just negotiate a buy out and hang out in Miami”

    kid, absolutely spot on with all that you’ve said.

  44. blake October 30th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    “Been saying this for awhile. 6/150 is the right deal for Yanks. ”

    Yea but he’s already turned down 7/161 …… They’ll have to push 200 million if not go over to sign him. Id let him go personally if that’s the case

  45. MTU October 30th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I do not believe Young Stein will engage in any bidding wars.

    It just does not seem to be his style.

    That’s why you’d better hope the Japanese posting system changes.

  46. randy l. October 30th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    mtu-

    all kidding aside. i think if hal spent a month with you out there hiking around he’d be a better person.

    i mean hanging by his heels over some canyon until he made the commitment to abandon 189 could be an exhilarating experience :)

  47. MTU October 30th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Randy-

    Anything for the LoHud faithful.

    I might have to give him the Red Sox treatment if he refuses to comply.

    ;)

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 30th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    IMO those of you who don’t read Duh Innings posts are missing out. He is probably one of the most thorough posters on this forum. He definitely takes a lot of time and effort into putting together his proposals. The least you could do is give him some feedback.

    I’m not someone who has interest in trade proposals, but a lot of you are.

    In the interest of inclusiveness, why not give it a whirl.

    :)

  49. MTU October 30th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Blake-

    The Brisket should arrive at any time.

    :)

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 30th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    kd, Tacopina especially has a reputation for fighting dirty and also doing whatever he can to keep his cases in the eye of the public (probably looking to taint future jury pools) :)

  51. randy l. October 30th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    kd-

    “his reputation is gone. forever. no hof, no old timers day ovation. no retired number

    he should just negotiate a buy out and hang out in miami”

    just like waiting to see what happens in the 6th game of the world series tonight, i’m waiting to see what actually happens in the hearing and in the lawsuit . they play games and have court decisions for a reason.

    i want transparency. i want to know why i don’t like alex. MLB needs to prove to me that i don’t like alex rodriguez. show me the evidence.

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 30th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Doreen – I wasn’t impressed with Wrigley either.

  53. randy l. October 30th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    the word “brisket” doesn’t sound good.

  54. pat October 30th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    MLB didn’t answer a legitimate question in their response…….why would they want to detract from baseball by filing a lawsuit on an off day during the world series when the arbitration doesn’t resume until 2 weeks after the WS is over?

  55. ron October 30th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Teams have too keep turning over their rosters,but you can’t have an under .700 ops avg from several positions on the diamond,and league avg,or under,combined with a struggling rotation.
    No clear ace in 2013 either.

    I’d let cano walk,and maybe move jeter to 3b,then sign a ss,2b,c,one big outfielder,and some pitching.
    Get under the 189 for one year to reset the lt to 17%,then spend like crazy with a lot of huge contracts coming off the books in 2019,and 2017.
    Also,hire some scouts that know how to draft,and find players lower in the draft,and the best development people on the planet.
    We are valued at 1.2 billion dollars more than the 2nd team in mlb,the dodgers,and even more than that than the rs.
    We are an empire,and we need to slightly change direction,while still using our financial might.
    Once we reset the lt to 17%,we should spend insane money while building up draft picks.

  56. Against All Odds October 30th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    mick October 30th, 2013 at 2:54 pm
    I always find it weird when ppl give them compliments and he tells them thank you but he says it in a quick hurry up and continue way.
    ========================
    it’s b/c he doesn’t mean it.
    the fans are his meal ticket.
    once he got pissed at a guy that called him michael.
    ——————————

    I think he means it but he just seems so moody.

  57. MTU October 30th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    OK Randy.

    We’ll change it.

    We’ll just say the delicious BBQ will arrive shortly.

    Better ?

    :)

  58. pat October 30th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    baldvinny
    #JINX pic.twitter.com/VMkImZOkFa

  59. ron October 30th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Off the books in 2016,and 2017,not 2019.

  60. blake October 30th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    MTU,
    Do you put sauce on your brisket?

  61. randy l. October 30th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    “We’ll just say the delicious BBQ will arrive shortly.

    Better ?”

    fixed :)

  62. MTU October 30th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Blake-

    Depends on my mood.

    It’s a dry rub.

    I have sauce I can add.

    I usually prefer just the dry rub.

    :)

  63. blake October 30th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I like a little sauce but good BBQ doesn’t need much.

  64. blake October 30th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Randy ,

    Does Boston butt sound good?

  65. kd October 30th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    randy,

    transparency and the mlb are oxymorons. this is an organization that knew about player use for years and probably wanted it to never see the light of day.

    alex has absolutely no reason to have the evidence out there, he still may have an opportunity to make endorsement money.

    while i agree with you that making the story public will be beneficial, there’s over a 100 million reasons why it won’t happen. the only side that wins if it does go public is the yankees, they may be able to find a way to void the contract.

    alex dragging this out only hurts the yankees, but the reality is he probably doesn’t care

  66. blake October 30th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    transparency and the mlb are oxymorons. ”

    The MLB are morons

  67. mick October 30th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    transparency and the mlb are oxymorons. ”
    ======================
    alex is the oxy-moron.
    isn’t oxy on the banned list?

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 30th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    “alex dragging this out only hurts the yankees, but the reality is he probably doesn’t care”

    Funny that you should say that. A very good friend of mine who’s a Yankee fan has been in Alex’s corner from day one of this stuff, and you can imagine we’ve had some very heated discussions about it. The other day he told me he is no longer supporting Alex because he’s come to believe that for Alex it’s all about the money and he doesn’t care a whit about the Yankee organization. That definitely has soured my friend on Alex.

  69. MTU October 30th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Blake-

    If I ever complete a deal w Mac for some Franklin’s I’d put it on there.

    :)

  70. jacksquat October 30th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Chad needs to straighten these people out. ;)

  71. MTU October 30th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    new one ——>

  72. randy l. October 30th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    “Does Boston butt sound good?”

    blake-

    the short answer is no :)

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