Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Commissioner Bud Selig “is prepared to levy a lifetime suspension” for Alex Rodriguez when MLB’s Biogenesis suspensions are announced. A-Rod and his representative will most certainly appeal any suspension he’s given, but should baseball succeed in a lifetime ban the Yankees would be free from under the huge financial constraints of Rodriguez’s contact.
“If Bud lets them get away with that, they’re under the luxury tax,” Showalter told USA TODAY Sports. “If they can reset, they can spend again and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York.”
Wieters is scheduled to hit the free agent market after the 2015 season. Showalter is right to be concerned. If the Yankees get the $25 million off their books that they owe Rodriguez in 2014, they’ll target every big name available.
“They’re the ones who signed him to that contract,” Showalter said of the Yankees.