Suspensions for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and 14 players are expected to be announced imminently, according to a New York newspaper. The paper reports commissioner Bud Selig could invoke a clause in the collective bargaining agreement that says "the right to take action against a player to preserve the integrity of the game." By doing that Selig could bypass the grievance procedure from the Player’s Association, and he'd attempt to keep Rodriguez off the field, possibly for the rest of his career. The paper reports Rodriguez would be suspended immediately for interfering with Major League Baseball's investigation into Biogenesis of America, the now-defunct Miami-based anti-aging clinic suspected of supplying performance-enhancing substances.
Rodriguez could still appeal the suspension, but Selig would hear that appeal instead of an arbitration-based system for doping cases. Rodriguez has just under $100 million left on his 10-year, $275-million contract with the Yankees. He would not be paid for any games missed.