New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could have accepted a suspension for far less than 211 games.

Rodriguez’s settlement discussions with Major League Baseball over his role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing-drug scandal included proposals for significantly lower penalties sources told FOX Sports.

In April baseball even floated a 50-game suspension according to multiple sources. Rodriguez however was not willing to work toward such a deal and hired new representation because he wanted to mount a more aggressive fight sources said.

Major League Baseball disputes that it ever offered Rodriguez a 50-game suspension with one source saying that it was Rodriguez who actively pursued such a deal only to be rebuffed.

Others however say that the two sides discussed numerous concepts before baseball announced its suspension of Rodriguez on Aug. 5.

“At different points it could have been way way less than where it is now” one source said.

Rodriguez is appealing his suspension and an arbitrator is not expected to rule on the matter until the offseason.

At the time the 50-game concept would have been discussed Rodriguez’s attorney was Jay Reisinger who maintains strong relationships with the commissioner’s office and players’ union and represented eight of the 12 players who accepted suspensions Aug. 5 for violating baseball’s drug policy.

In June Rodriguez added David Cornwell to his legal team leading to the departure of Reisinger sources said. Cornwell quickly turned antagonistic telling USA Today on June 20 that baseball’s conduct during its investigation of Rodriguez and other alleged Biogenesis clients was “despicable unethical and potentially illegal.”

Rodriguez since has added another attorney Joseph Tacopina who on Friday accused both the Yankees and baseball of mistreating Rodriguez in a series of bold remarks to the New York Times.