Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez rejected a relatively short suspension offer from MLB back in April, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The league floated the idea of a 50-game suspension at one point.
“At different points, it could have been way, way less than where it is now,” said one source to Rosenthal.
Rodriguez, 39, was hit with a 211-game ban earlier this month. He appealed the suspension and has since returned to the field. Fifty games is the standard penalty for first time PED offenders, but A-Rod received a longer ban after MLB unearthed evidence suggesting he interfered with their investigation into Biogenesis.
It's unclear if Rodriguez would have been allowed to serve the offered suspension while on the DL. He missed the first four months of the season after having left hip surgery in January, and there is plenty of precedent for serving a suspension while on the DL. Edinson Volquez and Mike Cameron are two examples.