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07:16 AM ET 08.14 | Still, a strange limbo hangs over Alex Rodriguez. [Rodriguez] struck out at "Let's Make a Deal" with Major League Baseball just days before commissioner Bud Selig smacked the disgraced ballplayer with an unprecedented 211-game suspension, sources familiar with the negotiations reconfirmed on Tuesday. Rodriguez was prepared to accept an 80- to 100-game suspension and then retire following the ban, the sources said. The offer, however, came with one crucial caveat: Rodriguez would retire with pay, meaning he would collect about $80 million of the remaining $100 million on his contract. Baseball officials refused to make the deal and instead hit Rodriguez on Aug. 5 with an unprecedented 211-game suspension for his dealings with Anthony Bosch and his now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic.

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August 14, 2013  07:18 AM ET

You had me at "retire".

August 14, 2013  07:34 AM ET

Please.......Give me a break..............





Nobody cares bro..............

August 14, 2013  07:42 AM ET

What was that? He wants to be paid to retire?
The guy is living on his own planet.

August 14, 2013  07:42 AM ET

Keep fighting Arod.

August 14, 2013  08:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Please.......Give me a break..............Nobody cares bro..............

Apparently some people still do, hence the daily articles on this turd.

August 14, 2013  08:43 AM ET

On one hand A-Rod is a slimeball. But on the other hand I want to see him turn the screws on the Yankees for every dollar of that contract. They were the ones stupid enough to offer that contract, they deserve everything they get out of it. Cashman weaseling out of that contract is bad for baseball.

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August 14, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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Lol.....I mean you have to give his 'team' credit for even bringing that up, no?

He's determined to come out on top in this situation.

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August 14, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

What was that? He wants to be paid to retire? The guy is living on his own planet.

CEOs do it all the time. Just use a different name for it-severance package....

August 14, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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He's determined to come out on top in this situation.

And I say good for him. Selig is a slug too. Conte told him how MLB players beat his drug test and how he can fix that and he did not even care to follow up on it.....Nothing said from his office about that part of the whole mess.

August 14, 2013  09:44 AM ET

ARod has already screwed the Yankees one way - he proven he can still play baseball in the majors. So forget about the insurance company paying part of his contract.

August 14, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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And I say good for him. Selig is a slug too. Conte told him how MLB players beat his drug test and how he can fix that and he did not even care to follow up on it.....Nothing said from his office about that part of the whole mess.

Selig stinks.

August 14, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He's determined to come out on top in this situation.

He's determined to get the money and he doesn't care how ugly or awkward things get.

August 14, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

He's determined to get the money and he doesn't care how ugly or awkward things get.

This^^


He does seem to live in an alternative universe.

August 14, 2013  09:52 AM ET

I fight them tooth and nail for a lot less than 80 million

August 14, 2013  09:52 AM ET

This guy...

August 14, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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He's determined to get the money and he doesn't care how ugly or awkward things get.

He's being made a scapegoat for all of MLB's PED issues. If they want him to fall on a sword so MLB can pretend they now take PEDs seriously, he's not out of line to ask to get paid for it.

 
August 14, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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He's being made a scapegoat for all of MLB's PED issues. If they want him to fall on a sword so MLB can pretend they now take PEDs seriously, he's not out of line to ask to get paid for it.

I tend to agree with you. I think this is personal to Selig. I think he's mad that ARod refused to go quietly.

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