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.
Commissioner Bud Selig also could use a best interest of the game clause from the Collective Bargaining Agreement that would take effect immediately, rather than enforcing the league's Joint Drug Agreement.
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.
Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon, Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and 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.
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."