Commissioner Bud Selig is prepared to levy a lifetime suspension on New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez while suspending about eight others before the weekend two people with knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.

The people were unauthorized to speak publicly because no announcement is expected until Thursday or Friday.

Rodriguez according to his attorney David Cornwell will appeal any suspension regardless of the severity. The other players are expected to receive 50-game bans and most are considering accepting the discipline without appealing according to one of the people.

As many as 20 players were originally linked to Biogenesis a Miami clinic that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs but some players could not be disciplined for lack of evidence.

Besides Rodriguez All-Stars Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers are facing possible suspensions along with shortstop Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres.