Alex Rodriguez suspension: MLB negotiating suspension for Yankees star

Rodriguez is reportedly facing a lifetime ban if he doesn't admit to wrongdoing. Photo: Associated Press

Representatives for New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez are reportedly negotiating a deal with Major League Baseball that would spare him a lifetime ban in exchange for a lengthy suspension, CNN's Rachel Nichols reports.

The league and Commissioner Bud Selig are giving Rodriguez the chance to admit once again to using performance enhancing drugs and not to appeal any punishment in a deal similar to a plea bargain.

It's similar to the deal that Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun agreed to on July 22, when the 2011 National League MVP was suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Initially, Rodriguez's representatives were resistant to making a similar deal, but baseball officials have reportedly presented "volumes" of evidence while suggesting that the star could be kicked out of the game for good.

Rodriguez is the marquee name on a list of players who will reportedly be suspended for their links to Biogenesis, a Florida-based clinic that allegedly provided performance enhancing drugs to ballplayers.

It wouldn't be the first time that Rodriguez admitted to using steroids. In February of 2009, he stepped forward to admit and apologize for using PEDs during a three-year period while he played for the Texas Rangers.

He said he used the drugs between 2001 and 2004, saying that he felt an "enormous amount of pressure" to perform under the weight of dramatic expectations and a lucrative contract. During those seasons, Rodriguez was named to the American League All-Star team and was voted as the league's MVP in 2003.