Heyman: “MLB has receipts, checks, the whole nine yards”

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Some interesting tidbits on the Biogenesis investigation from Jon Heyman. Among the things (I think anyway) we haven’t heard before: sources telling him that Major League Baseball has “receipts, checks, the whole nine yards.” I mean, it’s been safe to assume that, of course, but this is the first time I recall seeing a source tell a reporter that.

There’s also some stuff in there about A-Rod and his people being realistic about his impending suspension and the fact that, given his recent injury, he’s not likely to “beat the suspension to the field,” as they put it. Also interesting are reports of the league and the union’s possible differing interpretations of what constitutes multiple offenses, how much discipline might be doled out to players and whether any of them are willing to take pleas.

All of that makes a lot of sense. But this part about Alex Rodriguez doesn’t:

If MLB can possibly prove drug ties before and after his MLB interviews denying involvement, it’s possible he could get 150 games. While it would seem to be difficult to imagine a lifetime ban within one ruling, 150 games away could effectively end the career of a player with two bad hips who turns 38 on July 27.

The hips were good enough to have him hitting homers in rehab games until late last week’s quad injury. As for 150 games: if A-Rod got that handed to him tomorrow, and if he decided to just accept the suspension, he’d be eligible to come back at roughly this time next year. There are a lot of players — particularly pitchers — who miss a year and a half and make it back. Even old ones.

But maybe the better example here is Manny Ramirez. He’s older than A-Rod, has just as much if not more of a PED-taint than does A-Rod, was less effective than A-Rod was at the time of their last pre-suspension action, was probably in worse shape at the time of the suspensions, then retired and sat out for an extended period.  He jut signed with his third team since becoming a pariah.

Maybe A-Rod would just up and quit, but I kinda doubt it. And if didn’t quit, you can’t tell me a team wouldn’t take a chance on him as their DH at the very least. That team most likely being the Yankees themselves.

Nationals have made contract extension offers to Anthony Rendon

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Nationals GM Mike Rizzo says the club has made contract extension “offers” to third baseman Anthony Rendon, MASN’s Dan Kolko reports. The Nationals remain hopeful the two sides can come to an agreement.

Rendon, 28, is entering his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility. He earned $12.3 million last season and is certainly due a raise. MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $17.6 million in 2019.

Rendon is coming off of back-to-back stellar seasons. In 2018, he hit .308/.374/.535 with 24 home runs and 92 RBI while leading the league with 44 doubles across 597 plate appearances. Rendon has also generally graded out as an above-average defender.

If Rendon were to go into free agency after the 2019 season, he would join a class of third basemen that would include Nolan Arenado and Josh Donaldson.