New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has no intention of negotiating a settlement with Major League Baseball, two people close to Rodriguez told USA TODAY Sports, and currently plans to appeal any potential suspension.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, while Rodriguez continues to seek counsel from his legal team.
Major League Baseball is prepared to suspend Rodriguez for at least 100 games, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation, for his role with Biogenesis, alleged lies about past performance-enhancing drug use and possible interference in the investigation.
Rodriguez, who has not played this season as he recovers from January hip surgery, remains determined to play this season and fight doping charges despite a 65-game suspension accepted Monday by Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun. The persons close to Rodriguez say he does not view Braun's case as a comparison for his own.
Yet MLB officials think Rodriguez's history with doping is more extensive than Braun's. In 2009, Rodriguez admitted to steroid use from 2001 to 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers. He had a relationship with Anthony Galea, a doctor convicted for smuggling performance-enhancing drugs. MLB also is probing whether he attempted to destroy evidence in the Biogenesis investigation.