The drama that surrounds Alex Rodriguez is starting to unfold before our eyes.
In early January, the New York Yankees third basemen was originally tied to a Miami clinic, Biogenesis of America, and there were reports of him and other MLB players purchasing performance enhancing drugs (PED's) from Dr. Anthony Bosch.
In March, MLB filed a lawsuit against Bosch for his alleged involvement to giving PED's to the players, but because A-Rod refused to help Bosch in his legal battles against the league, money in which Andrew Marchand of ESPN is saying was hundreds of thousands of dollars, Bosch is fully cooperating with the league, thus they are dropping the suit.
"A-Rod refused to pay him what he wanted," the source told the Daily News. "Baseball was worried about that."
Once Bosch speaks to MLB and gives them names of the players involved, it's reported that the league will seek to suspend him and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun 100 games because they initially lied about their involvement.with Bosch and Biogenesis.
Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and former Yankees and current Mariners catcher Jesus Montero are also some of the names on the list . Former Yankee outfielder Melky Cabrera is also a name on the list of potential players who could face a 100-game suspension, as he was suspended 50 games last season for PED's.
If A-Rod is suspended by the league, the Yankees are not required to pay him any money while he is on suspension. If he chooses to retire at any point, the Yankees have an insurance policy on Rodriguez's contract that would allow them to collect 80 percent of the deal, in which the Yankees still owe $104 million to the third basemen over the next 4.5 years.
A-Rod originally signed a 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees back in December of 2007 following his A.L. MVP season that year, but many call that contract with the Yankees one of the worst in the entire sport.
The Yankees are reportedly secretly hoping that Rodriguez opts for retirement so they can collect most of the money on his deal rather than have to shell out the rest of the $104 million.
The 37-year-old third basemen has been out for all of the 2013 regular season recovering from hip surgery in January, and has begun to rehab the injury down in Tampa.Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Baseball, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Melky Cabrera, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Ryan Braun