A world without Alex Rodriguez is a better world for baseball, but don’t expect that to happen anytime soon. He said he will fight any suspension from baseball through the appeals process, according to his lawyer.
“We are focused on an appeal,” Rodriguez’s lawyer, David Cornwell, said in an interview Monday.
“Alex’s primary focus right now is playing baseball,” Cornwell said. “It has been nearly a year since he played. He has gone through his operation. There is no amount of rehab games or simulated games that is going to give him the feel of a live blitz at a major league baseball level. That is where Alex’s primary focus is right now.”
Major League Baseball soon will announce the suspensions against Rodriguez and the other players involved in the famous Biogenesis case. A-Rod is not accepting any of the penalties according to his lawyer.
Also, the Daily News reported earlier this month that if Rodriguez and his lawyers reject a deal, the superstar’s suspension could be announced as early as late Monday or Tuesday and could go up to a lifetime ban.
The Yankees, on the other hand, think A-Rod can help the team.
“We need Alex back,” Yankees team president Randy Levine said. “How effective he’ll be when he comes back, how good he’ll be, we don’t know. But we are desperate for his right-handed power, and he’s better than any third baseman on this team right now.”
New York signed slugger Alfonso Soriano to try to make an impact in the batting lineup. The Yankees are 15/1 to end up winning the American League east division.