As Major League Baseball reportedly pursues the longest possible ban of Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees third baseman apparently would not go down without a fight.
MLB had yet to announce any sanctions against the embattled Rodriguez and as many as nine other players as of Tuesday night in the Biogenesis case. The commissioner's office wants Rodriguez to accept a suspension for the remainder of the 2013 season and all of 2014 with the hope of avoiding a drawn-out appeal, according to a CBSSports.com report.
If Rodriguez does not accept a deal, baseball could attempt to impose an even harsher penalty. It is unknown when an announcement will be made, but it is expected by the end of the week.
Through all the turmoil, Rodriguez told SI that he still wants to be considered a role model.
"Look, it's concerning," Rodriguez said. "I have two daughters at home, and I'm sensitive to that, and above all, I want to be a role model, continue to be a role model -- especially to my girls."
---The Cleveland Indians added reliever Marc Rzepczynski to their bullpen in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday for minor league infielder Juan Herrera, the teams announced.
Rzepczynski has spent most of this season in the minors. He recently returned to Triple-A Memphis after a brief stay with the Cardinals. The 27-year-old pitched in 11 games for the Cardinals and was 0-0 with a 7.84 ERA.
Herrera, 28, is playing for short-season Class A Mahoning Valley this summer. In three professional seasons in the low levels of the minors, he has a .286 batting average.
---"The Beard" appears to be heading to Los Angeles, and the move will be another tough pill to swallow for San Francisco Giants fans struggling through a disappointing season. Former Giants closer Brian Wilson has chosen to sign with the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.
The popular reliever with impressive facial hair and a more impressive fastball was a key figure on the 2010 World Series champions. A Yahoo! Sports report said Wilson will report to the Dodgers' complex in Arizona, then head to Rancho Cucamonga. He could report to the big-league club in as soon as two weeks.
The 31-year-old Wilson had Tommy John elbow ligament transfer surgery in April 2012, and had thrown recently for teams at UCLA. The Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks were also believed to be serious about signing Wilson.
---Right-hander Jake Peavy was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday at Cleveland as the Chicago White Sox continued negotiations that could lead to dealing Peavy before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.
ESPN reported Monday that the White Sox were planning to keep Peavy and build around him. The decision to not start Peavy, thereby dodging risk of injury, signals that first-year general manager Rick Hahn is at least open to offers. On Tuesday, ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reported that the Arizona Diamondbacks have emerged as the front-runner to land Peavy. D-Backs general manager Kevin Towers sent Peavy to the White Sox at the trade deadline four years ago when he ran the San Diego Padres, and could be seeking a reunion in the desert.
Peavy, 32, has a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts. He is owed $14.5 million for 2014 and has a vesting option for 2015.
---Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Michael Young and pitcher Cliff Lee are still wearing red pinstripes, amid rumors that both could be leaving town.
The Young speculation intensified with the news Tuesday that the team promoted third-base prospect Cody Asche and designated Steve Susdorf for assignment. Some saw the move as a precursor to a Young trade. The Boston Red Sox were rumored as a possible destination, though FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Young would only approve a trade to the Texas Rangers, his former team.
Lee was also ticketed for Boston, who is also reportedly looking at Houston Astros starter Bud Norris and Chicago White Sox starters Jake Peavy. The Phillies reportedly want top shortstop prospect Xander Bogaerts as a centerpiece to a deal, and the Red Sox won't consider dealing him, according to the Boston Globe.
---The Detroit Tigers optioned right-handed pitcher Luke Putkonen to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday to make room for Monday's acquistion of reliever Jose Veras.
Putkonen posted a 3.05 ERA in 20 2/3 innings with the Tigers this season. A third-round pick in 2007, Putkonen made his major-league debut during the 2012 season.
---The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
The righty was summoned to start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals. The 24-year-old has a 4.02 ERA in 15 2/3 innings over three starts with the Pirates this season.