NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is threatening to kick Alex Rodriguez out of the game for life unless the Yankees star agrees not to fight a lengthy suspension for his role in the sport’s latest drug scandal, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
Meanwhile, ESPN is reporting that Rodriguez’s representatives are negotiating a possible settlement that could result in a lengthy suspension.
The source told ESPN that MLB officials have told Rodriguez’s attorneys that they are willing to ban him for life, although sources said it was not clear commissioner Bud Selig was prepared to make such a move, knowing Rodriguez would fight it in arbitration.
The number of players likely to be disciplined stood at 14 Wednesday.
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Front and center is Rodriguez, baseball’s highest-paid player and the most prominent one linked in media reports over the past seven months to Biogenesis of America, a closed Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly distributed banned performance-enhancing drugs.
The Yankees expected Rodriguez to be accused of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, attempting to obstruct MLB’s investigation, and not being truthful with MLB in the past.
He has been sidelined all season.
• Baltimore made the biggest move on a quiet trade-deadline day, acquiring RHP Bud Norris from Houston. Arizona sent struggling 20-game winner Ian Kennedy to San Diego for lefty reliever Joe Thatcher.
• The Dodgers signed former Giants reliever Brian Wilson, a free agent, to a one-year contract. Wilson hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 2012.