Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Reports: A-Rod rebuffed, facing ban through 2014

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NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and the Yankees turned down requests Saturday to meet with Alex Rodriguez's camp and the union, and the commissioner's office is prepared to suspend the embattled star through the 2014 season, media reports said.

ESPN's Outside the Lines reported that tense deliberations between Rodriguez and commissioner Bud Selig's office broke down after Selig told officials he would no longer negotiate. Rodriguez and about 12 other players will be suspended Monday for their connections to a now-closed South Florida antiaging clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN said.

Rodriguez's side reached out to the Yankees, and union head Michael Weiner contacted MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred, reports said. The Yankees and MLB said they had no interest in such talks. MLB has said the Yankees have no place in negotiations and discipline is Selig's domain alone. Selig was "furious" with Rodriguez for telling reporters he would not negotiate, even as his attorneys sought a deal to mitigate MLB's punishment, reports said.

Rodriguez, on a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Trenton, brushed aside concerns, saying he planned to play for the Yankees on Monday night. "I'm excited to play Monday," he said after drawing four straight walks for the Thunder. "I can't wait to see my teammates. I feel like I can help them win."

Rodriguez said he would work out today, then travel to Chicago for the start of a three-game series with the White Sox.

No matter what else happens?

"I'm flying to Chicago," he said.

Jeter out: Yankees SS Derek Jeter will sit out a second straight game today because of lingering soreness in his right quad and calf soreness.

METS STAR TO DL: The Mets placed All-Star 3B David Wright on the 15-day disabled list one day after he strained his right hamstring while legging out an infield hit. OF Mike Baxter was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

MVP STILL OUT: Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera did not play against the White Sox. The defending American League MVP has played three games since leaving in the fifth inning July 22 at Chicago with a left hip problem. He has also been bothered by a strained lower abdomen.

UPTON BACK: The Braves activated former Rays CF B.J. Upton, who had been out since July 12 with a strained right adductor muscle. C Gerald Laird went on the 15-day disabled list after having a kidney stone removed.

A'S: Former Rays C John Jaso, who went on the seven-day concussion disabled list July 25, told csnbayarea.com he still has ringing in his ears when he wakes up and expects to have more extensive testing Monday.

PADRES: INF Ronny Cedeno agreed to a minor-league contract as insurance with SS Everth Cabrera expected to be suspended in the performance-enhancing drug case.

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