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Looking at the potentially suspended Biogenesis players

Jun 4, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

Let’s run down the list of players connected to Tony Bosch’s Biogenesis clinic as MLB is reportedly preparing to issue 50- or 100-game suspensions. Listed below are players whose names are found in the Biogenesis documents. Other major leaguers may well be involved, as some of Bosch’s clients were listed in code. Since Bosch is set to cooperate with MLB in its investigation, this list could grow significantly longer soon. According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, MLB is preparing to suspend players who purchased illegal substances from Bosch for 50 or 100 games, even if it means ruining the season in the process.

The Players

Alex Rodriguez (3B Yankees): Sidelined since Opening Day following offseason hip surgery, Rodriguez, who admitted to using steroids a decade ago but was never suspended, has been aiming to return to the Yankees lineup in July. Players suspended for steroid use while on the disabled list are able to serve those suspensions while injured, so if Rodriguez were to receive a 50-game ban in the near future, he could still return in August. A 100-game ban, on the other hand, would essentially end his season.

Ryan Braun (OF Brewers): Braun was originally set to be suspended for a positive PED test in Dec. 2011, only to have it wiped out on appeal. Of course, that was all supposed to go on behind closed doors, but it leaked to the media not long after Braun won NL MVP honors in 2011. This year, Braun is hitting .294 with nine homers for a disappointing Brewers team. He’s currently third in the outfield in the NL All-Star balloting, putting him in position for a spot in the starting lineup in the Midseason Classic.

Melky Cabrera (OF Blue Jays), Bartolo Colon (RHP Athletics) and Yasmani Grandal (C Padres): All three players here tested positive for steroids before MLB had any knowledge of Bosch’s operation and have already served 50-game suspensions. If MLB is going to try banning A-Rod and Braun for 100 games (50 games for cheating and 50 games for lying about it), then it could deliver additional 50-game suspensions to this trio. Still, that seems like quite a reach. These guys have already done their time.

Nelson Cruz (OF Rangers): The 32-year-old Cruz has a ton to lose here, since he’ll be a free agent at season’s end. His team would greatly suffer without him as well, and his absence could lead to Jurickson Profar being tried in the outfield. Cruz is batting .267 with 13 homers and 39 RBI this year, making him a candidate for AL All-Star honors.

Jhonny Peralta (SS Tigers): The Tigers might be the contender most adversely affected should these penalties come to pass; Peralta has been the AL’s top offensive shortstop this year, hitting .332 with six homers and 26 RBI, and the Tigers just don’t have any decent options to fill his shoes. Utilityman Ramon Santiago is long past his prime, and Danny Worth is injured in Triple-A. Like Cruz, Peralta is also a free agent this winter.

Everth Cabrera (SS Padres): Cabrera led the NL in stolen bases with 44 last year, but he was still a rather anonymous figure outside of San Diego. This year, he’s been getting more attention, thanks in part to some added power. He has four homers in 57 games after hitting two in 115 games in 2012, and his OPS has climbed by more than 100 points. He’s still a force on the basepaths, too, leading the majors with 23 steals.

Francisco Cervelli (C Yankees): One can imagine Cervelli, who played in 178 games as the Yankees’ primary backup catcher from 2009-11, was looking for something a little extra last year after being banished to the minors and thus turned to Bosch for help. Following Russell Martin‘s departure, he won the starting job this spring and was off to an excellent start (.269/.377/.500, three homers in 52 at-bats) before going down with a fractured right hand. Barring a suspension, he’s due to rejoin the Yankees lineup in late June.

Jesus Montero (C-DH Mariners): A former Yankees prospect, Montero was dealt to the Mariners prior to 2012 and had a decent rookie season last year, hitting .260 with 15 homers. This year, he was a huge bust as a starting catcher, hitting .208 with three homers in 101 at-bats, and he was sent back to Triple-A late last month. Just 23, he’s still a promising hitter, but his future is at first base or DH. He’s currently on the minor league DL after tearing knee cartilage.

Fernando Martinez (OF Astros): Martinez was once one of the game’s very best prospects while in the Mets chain, but he’s never been able to stay healthy and he’s now a long shot to enjoy a lengthy major league career. After hitting .182 in 11 games for the Astros earlier this year, he was dropped from the roster and cleared waivers. He’s now back in Triple-A.

Fautino De Los Santos (RHP free agent): De Los Santos was a strong prospect in the White Sox system before undergoing Tommy John surgery and converting to relief. He looked like a fine bullpen arm as a rookie in 2011, striking out 43 batters in 33 1/3 innings for the A’s, but he showed up in 2012 which diminished stuff and has bounced around since. The Padres released him last month.

Jordan Norberto (LHP free agent): Norberto had a 2.77 ERA in 52 innings of relief work for the A’s last year, but he struggled this spring and got hurt. Oakland released him last month.

Cesar Puello (OF Mets): Puello, 22, has been a breakout performer in the Mets system this year, hitting .302/.382/.521 with eight homers and 15 steals for Double-A Binghamton. That slugging percentage is nearly 100 points higher than his previous career high.

Unlikely to be suspended

Gio Gonzalez (LHP Nationals): Gonzalez is believed to have been a Biogenesis buyer, but only of legal substances. Two sources told ESPN that Gonzalez is probably off the hook as far as any punishments go.

Robinson Cano (2B Yankees): Cano’s known connection with Biogenesis is very tenuous: the spokeswoman for his charitable foundation was named in Bosch’s documents. That was enough to get Cano on MLB’s watchlist, but if anything more significant has turned up, the league has kept it quiet.

  1. MyNameIsWilliamBillForShort - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Oh boo hoo…let’s not ruin the season in the name of suspending cheating ballpayers. Maybe if they didn’t cheat, the season wouldn’t be ruined. Ever think of that, Matthew?

  2. rcali - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Still can’t believe Braun got away with it the first time around. Hopefully this will officially close the books on whether or not A-Fraud is a hall of famer. Bonds would have been on this list had he still be playing. I know, I know, thumbs down from the people with their head in the sand.

    • rufuscornpone - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      Hopefully this will officially close the books on whether or not A-Fraud is a hall of famer.

      Hmm….thought those books were closed a loooooong time ago, with the answer to that question being “yes”.

      • jm91rs - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        Well of course the answer is yes, but now he’ll just be stuck in limbo with bonds and others while annoying voters turn in blank ballots and pretend 1995-2010 never happened.

      • hitdog042 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        there’s no way in HE double hockey sticks Arod is going to the HOF. Ever. Sorry. But this made me laugh. His numbers are fraudulent. It’s laughable to think Arod would get in but Bonds isn’t. Neither of them are getting in.

  3. chill1184 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Certainly a nice little drama we have going on this season.

    • blakeden - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Media created and supported by a unamed source

  4. historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Fhudge. :(

    • dondada10 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Peralta?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        Yhea. Bhoooo!

    • chill1184 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Eh, dont sweat it. Tigers are going to be fine, its still a pretty badass line up you guys got up there in the Motor city

      • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        We did okay tonight. ;)

        Cue everyone to offer that with a weak 3B we need a good SS and can’t make due with a below replacement substitute…

  5. badintent - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Wonderful news for the Yankees. ! Arodless violates the personal conduct code on his contract and Yankees save a ton of money and get rid of this moving POS at the same time. ! Happy Days are here again !Arod can go play for the Marlins, buy new digs, find a new clinic and get shot in Little Havana in a late night card game.

    • thebadguyswon - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      Haha! Good luck getting out from under that contract. Not gonna happen.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Why is it that Cashman never gets the blame for that awful contract in the first place? Yankees had their chance to just let him walk, YET they still signed him to a big massive contract, despite A-Rod not putting up the numbers he was supposed to do.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:13 AM

        Because Cashman wanted to let him walk and was overruled by Hank? That was a big story – it’s not like it’s insider knowledge dribbled out by Yankee beat writers and bloggers.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Okay, so how about Hank getting the blame then? I did read he stated that he will never live up to the contract, why did he even sign him in the first place, if he never lived up to the first contract? It’s their own fault.

      • imbetterthanyou - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Way to look like an idiot and not have any idea about what happened. Also assuming the likes are idiots too. Hank is also…an idiot for that contract.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Wow, you fooled me, I mean that is the GREATEST thing in the world to look like a fool on the internet. I don’t give a crap about what some guy I will never meet thinks of me. I just asked a simple question, you see I don’t live in New York, nor am I a Yankees fan, so how is it I am supposed to be a mind reader in this?

      • badintent - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:15 AM

        SOB. Son of a Business. It’s destroyed many businesses that have been in biz for generations.The Lawyers that approved the contract should be sued. Lawyers suing lawyers, love it !I think Cashman was over ruled by Herr Steinbenner on some of the conditions that Cashman wanted.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        This is true, and Hank will never, ever be passionate about the Yankees like his father was.

      • badintent - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        This is true. I wish someone like you with passion for the Yankees had Cashmen’s back.

    • paperlions - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Not gonna happen. The CBA already has a provision for voiding contracts based on PED use, and that is 3 violations. The only thing that can happen to ARod for getting caught using this time is a 50 game suspension.

      The idea that MLB might go for 100 is stupid. If there are two violations, wouldn’t that require 150 games? 50 for the first + 100 for the second?

      • hitdog042 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Wrong.

      • paperlions - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Well, then. Please enlighten me.

      • hitdog042 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Arod would get 50 for being associated with Bio. Then another 50 for use. Two different levels. 100 games.

        It’s a grey area possibly, but they would possibly get away with it. I wouldn’t rule out 100.

        And, does it even matter? Arod is cream corn now. Yankee fans do not want him back. Yankees don’t want him back.

        He’s played his last game there I would imagine, Even if they have to eat the contract. As for voiding it, they may be able to if they can prove he bought the stuff before he signed the extension. Nobody knows the dates.

        If he signed it before the ext, then the Yankees can sue for the balance of the contract even tho they may not win.

        If it happened after the date, then they more than likely cannot void his deal, but he could accept a buy out.

      • paperlions - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        There is no provision for two 50 game suspensions.

      • badintent - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:19 AM

        I saw tonight a ex-ML player admit that he would have taken roids if he had played when averaged players got multi-million dollar contracts( for the last 110-12 years), He says a permanent ban after one suspension is the only way to stop the madness.

  6. offthelows - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I believe the list of players that ESPN included were the 15 that were already publicly identified when the Biogenesis story originally broke, and they seem to imply Gio is in the clear amongst that list. The ESPN story browser headline says “18 players” the story title doesn’t have a number, and the story itself says “about 20″. The names aren’t necessarily the same and quite frankly ESPN doesn’t do a very good job of explaining the people they are naming are an incomplete list and aren’t necessarily the same players the MLB has ID’d.

  7. sdemp - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    So you’re telling me MLB has decided to start suspending players based off of circumstantial evidence.

    I hope this backfires in the form of a strike, now that’s a story worth reporting.

    • chill1184 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Will there be backlash? Yes but as far as a strike very unlikely but hey who the hell knows.

    • jargon1682 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Can we wait until we see the evidence before we declare it all “circumstantial”?

  8. grh1979 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Maybe I’m naive, but shouldn’t MLB PED testing be the only fair way to catch supposed cheaters? If the league’s comprehensive drug testing didn’t nab all of the names on the list, what does it matter if they bought PEDs? How does purchase of a substance prove personal use? How do we know these drugs were not purchased by players’ acquaintances? This all strikes me as a bit of “he said, we said,” with Bosch having everything to lose and nothing to gain by not naming names — names MLB seems intent to tie to steroid use, come heck or high water. I believe this will ultimately accomplish nothing other than dragging a lot of names through the mud, as the player’s union will have a field day with anecdotal evidence and code names and a key witness only out to save his own butt.

    • hitdog042 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      The CBA states it’s a violation to purchase, obtain, or use PEDs. And, not all PED’s are detectable in a blood test, which is why its worded like that. 100% guilty if there’s proof they purchased them.

      • grh1979 - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Oh, OK. Thanks for clearing that up. I’ve never delved into the CBA, and likely never will. I guess I just have an aversion to the notion of MLB as Big Brother, going to great lengths and spending obscene amounts of money in a quest to punish certain players who were unlucky enough to be semi-exposed by journalists. For MLB’s sake, I hope they have concrete evidence that these players purchased the PEDs, and not just hastily scrawled receipts and the dubious word of Bosch.

  9. drewsylvania - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    How can MLB a) suspend players for 100 gamed for a first-time offense, and b) use evidence they themselves didn’t collect via MLB-administered tests?

    Doesn’t the former violate their agreement with MLBPA? And doesn’t the latter violate their own rules about what is admissible as evidence? I mean, Braun got off last year on a technicality that is much more nitpicky than “records from Biogenesis”.

    Maybe they’ll catch more users. But they’re starting to head down the slippery slope of “we suspect you used, therefore you used.”.

    If MLBPA has any balls left, they’ll put up a gigantic stink.

    • paperlions - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      No, the CBA allows for suspensions for violations based on knowledge of use that didn’t result in a failed test. I don’t think Manny ever failed a test, MLB just got intel and a copy of his prescription for a banned substance and they used that info to suspend him.

      • jeffchadwick - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        I believe Manny “retired” before ever being suspended, but he definitely had both an A and B sample fail a drug test.

      • paperlions - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        That is correct, for second one, yes….not for the suspension he did serve, they just had the paperwork.

  10. gary2525 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    They should suspend some of these umpires cause they suck…..

    • manchestermiracle - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Maybe just require vitamin A injections…

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    No way this gets past the MLBPA. Sorry Bud. Labor/Management harmony will be for the NHL and NBA if you try this shizz.

    • thebadguyswon - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      I agree…..MLB has no chance of winning this. Trying to suspend a ton of guys based on some scumbags’ rat-bastard testimony. Yeah, that’s rock solid evidence there, Bud.

      • hitdog042 - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        You have no idea what records this guy has. If he has the paper trail, MLB cannot LOSE. Sorry bad guys.

  12. tfbuckfutter - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    We don’t need an analysis of them.

    We all know who they are.

    Guys with (literally) giant heads who park in handicapped spaces (or, if a handicapped space isn’t available, the park straddling two spaces or sometimes, in spectacularly shows of entitlement they park exactly on the convergence of 4 spaces).

    Assholes are assholes in all aspects of life.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Bhoooo!
      :(

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        ?

        You support people taking up 4 spaces in a parking lot, and otherwise cutting corners for their own benefit?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        No, I was just being a homer cuz you suggested that Peralta is an asshole generally. Awww.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        Oh.

        He probably is.

        But my comments weren’t directed at any team or player specifically. I’d have made the same comment if someone from my favorite team were involved.

        Hell, some of my best friends are shitty parkers.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:08 AM

        Wow, I feel better now. I’m off to bed, so go easy on the trolls and PFT thugs. Hi to the wife. lol

        I’m an excellent driver.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        And now I get your initial comment.

        Subtle. Very subtle.

  13. slickdemetrius - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    This list discloses why I see so few latinos in the gym pumping da iron. They’re all on the “Go-Juice”.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:16 AM

      Really? Then you’re as stupid as you are racist. You see absolutely no physical changes from steroids unless you work your ass off.

  14. 13arod - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    i wish they would have drug tested them when they found out aboutit

    • grh1979 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Implying current suspects in the Biogenesis case haven’t received increased scrutiny/above-average testing throughout the early part of the season. I’m willing to bet they’ve been subjected to testing far more frequently than their non-suspect teammates.

    • paperlions - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      That is like suggesting that the cops should go to the bank 2 months after the crime to catch the guy they suspect of robbing it back then.

  15. 13arod - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    also doesn’t this have to go to court before they can suspend them ???

  16. coryfor3 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Nobody is paying Cruz anyway.

  17. davem23 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    Does the DH drive the drug culture?

  18. tominma - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Even tho baseball is no longer ” the nation’s pass time”, Im still pretty pissed that so many of the records set in the past 15 years or so are now suspect. At the very least, they dishonored the game sine probly 85% of players do/did NOT use. I have no problem with any of the violators who may be HOF worthy being kept out of the hall while they live!

  19. rmfields - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Every time I read “Jhonny Peralta” and see how he spells his first name, it just… bothers me.

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      dyslexic mom?

  20. jdubfla - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Gee
    Will be have another idiotic comment from Aaron Rodgers about Ryan Brauns great character and how he would never have anything to do with that like he made last time?
    Like its any of Aaron Rodgers business?

  21. mc1439 - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Can’t wait for Cruz to be suspended cuz fuck the stRangers. Bandwagon operating and in service since 2010.

  22. redskinsreloaded - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Make the suspensions one time and your finished for 3 years next time for life and all of this will just go away. That way even if you have a decent year and then get caught halfway through (Melky Cabrera) the year then they wont be rewarded after their 50 game vacation. And as far as the Hall of Fame goes I really dont see at this point why some still shouldn’t make the hall. Do any of you honestly think players of old werent using ped’s like amphetamines?

    • dowhatifeellike - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Of course the “players of old” were using, but the stuff they had wasn’t nearly as effective and, at the time, was not against the rules. Heck, even the Babe himself was rumored to have injected sheep testicle extract.

      This isn’t a moral outrage issue, though many try to make it one; it’s about what MLB’s rules are and punishing those who knowingly violate them. Steroids were banned by MLB in 1991 and anyone who has used them since then is a cheater.

    • tipstopten - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      No three years gone now and for ever.

  23. tipstopten - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Life time ban would help solve problem. Life time ban and terminate the contracts. Rules are rules if you break them you are
    done and gone. Maybe this would make these cheats and future cheaters understand that you don’t mess MLB.

  24. evanwins - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Does anyone else find it odd that Gio Gonzalez went to what is apparently a known PED farm for legitimate treatment? That seems like total BS to me. Everyone else went for PED’s but him? Why go there if you need treatment?

  25. rickdobrydney - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Ortiz just HAS to be on one of these cheater lists——-

    • psousa1 - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      No. Ortiz is just a good hitter. Anyone who has watched him knows he owes a good portion of his average to routine 3 hop ground balls that go against the shift that is used against him.

      Also he is a DH. It’s almost like a punter. You come out on the field a few times a game then sit down. He’s going to be fresh compared to other players

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