Major League Baseball is threatening to kick Alex Rodriguez out of the game for life unless the New York Yankees star agrees not to fight a lengthy suspension for his role in the sport's latest drug scandal, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

Whether Commissioner Bud Selig actually would issue a lifetime suspension was unclear, and a permanent ban could be shortened by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to about 200 games, the person said.

The number of players likely to be disciplined stood at 14 Wednesday.

Front and center is Rodriguez, baseball's highest-paid player and the most prominent one linked in media reports over the past seven months to Biogenesis of America, a closed Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly distributed banned performance-enhancing drugs.

The Yankees expected Rodriguez to be accused of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, attempting to obstruct MLB's investigation, and not being truthful with MLB in the past. Baseball has considered suspending him for violations of its labor contract and drug agreement.

Trades: Bud Norris walked down the hall to his new team, the Baltimore Orioles, and stepped right into the middle of a pennant race. Norris was dealt from the Houston Astros to the Orioles, a move that enables Baltimore to fortify a rotation that will be without injured Jason Hammel for at least the next two weeks.

Baltimore sent outfielder L.J. Hoes and left-handed pitching prospect Josh Hader to the Astros for Norris, a 28-year-old right-hander whose $3 million salary was the highest on a roster filled with young players. The Astros and Orioles were in the middle of a three-game series as the nonwaiver trade deadline expired.

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks sent struggling right-hander Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres for left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, a minor leaguer and a draft pick. Kennedy, 21-4 two seasons ago, is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts and hasn't won a game in two months.

  • The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from Houston for minor league pitcher Kyle Smith in an attempt to upgrade their depth for the stretch run.

  • The Minnesota Twins traded catcher Drew Butera to the Los Angeles Dodgers for either a player to be named or cash.

    Cardinals: Catcher Yadier Molina's sprained right knee needs rest but not surgery. Manager Mike Matheny said Molina is dealing with inflammation in the knee but called the results of an MRI encouraging. The Cardinals placed the All-Star on the 15-day disabled list.

    Rays: All-Star pitcher Matt Moore was put on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left elbow. Moore will miss one or two starts. The Rays are calling the move precautionary.