NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees turned down requests Saturday to meet with Alex Rodriguez’s camp and the union about the embattled star’s expected drug penalty, two people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.
The overtures were made two days before MLB was poised to hand Rodriguez a lengthy suspension for his part in the Biogenesis case.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, was in Trenton, N.J., playing what could be his last game in a while. He started a double play, then drew a walk in the first inning while on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment with the Class AA Thunder. He was scheduled to be off Sunday.
Before Rodriguez took the field, his side reached out to the Yankees and union head Michael Weiner contacted Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president. The Yankees and MLB said they had no interest in such talks. There was always the chance, however, that further negotiations could take place at the last minute.
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