Major League Baseball is approaching the ninth inning in its Biogenesis investigation.
The New York Daily News reported that MLB officials met Tuesday in New York with officials from the Major League Baseball Players Association, informing the union that it is prepared to suspended Rodriguez and eight others for their alleged involvement with the now-closed anti-aging clinic.
The majority of the players reportedly will be banned for 50 games, and some, including Rodriguez, even longer for lying to investigators or interfering with the probe of the South Florida business that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to the players.
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.
Commissioner Bud Selig also could use a best interest of the game clause from the Collective Bargaining Agreement to put a suspension in place immediately, rather than punishing Rodriguez under the league's Joint Drug Agreement, which would give the player a chance to play while appealing the ruling.
It is believed the commissioner wants to announce the player suspensions at once. Others who reportedly could receive 50-game bans are Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and minor leaguers Jesus Montero, Fernando Martinez, Fautino de los Santos, Cesar Puello and Norbeto Martin.
The majority of the players facing suspensions are prepared to accept their punishment, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports. Officials met with player representatives to inform them of the suspensions, the Daily News reported.
Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, who were suspended for failed performance-enhancing drug tests in 2012, are listed on Biogenesis documents but are not expected to receive additional punishment, according to reports.
Some players will not be suspended, the Daily News reported, because investigators lacked enough evidence.
Despite what is considered to be overwhelming evident against him, Rodriguez apparently has told friends that will not compromise. His lawyer, David Cornwall, told ESPN that Rodriguez, if necessary, would file an appeal with MLB arbitrator Frederic Horowitz.
"I'm not giving up," Rodriguez told Sports Illustrated. "I have tremendous faith, and hopefully there's a couple more chapters to this book. And hopefully there's a happy ending somewhere. I have faith."
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.
"So all the noise sometimes gets on my nerves, but that's it. I can't let it get any further than that. I have a job to do."