According to a report on USAToday.com, Major League Baseball is preparing to ban Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez from the sport for life.
The actions stem from an MLB investigation into Biogenesis, a Miami clinic that allegedly provided performance enhancing drugs to some 20 major league ballplayers.
The unnamed sources told USA Today that the announcement is expected to come on Thursday or Friday on Rodriguez and another eight players will be suspended.
Rodriguez's lawyer told ESPN today that the player would appeal any discipline from Major League Baseball.
"If MLB does indeed ban A-Rod for life," Globe writer Peter Abraham Tweeted, "there will be more dancing in the Yankees front office than a Broadway show.
New York owes Rodriguez $100 million through 2017.
The other players in the group are expected to accept suspensions of about 50 games each. Multiple media organizations have reported that MLB is seeking for Rodriguez to accept disciplinary action of a suspension from 150 games.
NBC Sports reported that unless Rodriguez settles with Major League Baseball, he will be given a lifetime suspension.
"Just how harsh the penalty will be, by all accounts, depends largely on whether Rodriguez is willing to make a deal," wrote Associated Press columnist Tim Dahlberg.
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