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Report: Biogenesis players ready to accept their bans

Jul 30, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

Nelson Cruz, Gary Pettis AP

Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that, Alex Rodriguez excepted, the rest of the players involved in the Biogenesis scandal are ready to accept suspensions or 50 games or more.

Sources told Passan that the suspensions will come down within 72 hours. The AP is reporting that Friday could be the day. Among those expected to be suspended are the Rangers’ Nelson Cruz, the Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta and the Padres’ Everth Cabrera. Passan adds that there still may be major leaguers suspended we don’t yet know about. However, Biogenesis players caught with PEDs in their system and suspended last year (Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera and Yasmani Grandal) aren’t expected to face further punishment.

According to Passan:

MLB set 50 games as a baseline for players involved with Biogenesis, sources said, and those who did not cooperate during the investigation agreed to receive additional penalties of double-digit games.

That would explain the Ryan Braun agreement: 50 games for the PED use, plus 15 additional games for his lack of cooperation. Though it still hardly seems right that not cooperating with the investigation is grounds for an additional penalty.

As for Rodriguez, he still plans to be a holdout, despite all of the evidence against him. And multiple reports have indicated that MLB has more ammo to use against Rodriguez than it does the rest of Bosch’s clients. But MLB is also seemingly going after Rodriguez unlike any of the other players, threatening him with an 150-game or maybe even a lifetime suspension. If A-Rod chooses to appeal his suspension, the league could prevent him from playing anyway under the “best interests of baseball” clause.

Passan also notes that much of the evidence working against the players comes in the form of text messages between the players and Tony Bosch that detail the cash-for-drugs transactions.

Besides Cruz, Peralta and Cabrera, suspensions are also expected to be handed down to the Mariners’ Jesus Montero, the Yankees’ Francisco Cervelli and Fernando Martinez, the Mets’ Cesar Puello and free agents Fautino De Los Santos and Jordan Norberto. Of those players, Cervelli is the only current major leaguer, though he’s been on the DL since April. Montero also counts as a major leaguer for suspension purposes, since he’s still on the 40-man roster after being demoted to Triple-A by Seattle.

Should Cruz and Peralta accept their suspensions as indicated, the Rangers and Tigers would be weakened for the stretch run. The Rangers are already actively hunting for outfield help. The Tigers aren’t being mentioned in connection with shortstops, but they may be trying to do something behind the scenes. Both Cruz and Peralta have extra incentive to accept the suspensions, since they’re free agents at season’s end and would struggle to find offers with the bans hanging over their heads.

  1. phillyphever - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    I got a funny feeling August is gonna be a trade fest because of this.

    • irvin12589 - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Except the non-waiver deadline is tomorrow….

      • djpostl - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        Except that means little to nothing. More guys clear waivers and get traded than actually at the deadline in your typical season.

      • irvin12589 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        There’s a difference between quantity and quality of the player.

      • irvin12589 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        There’s a difference between quantity and quality of the player.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        I think the approach to placing players on waivers in August, which is the custom, may be very different this year. Also the approach to claiming players, to fill immediate needs, may be different.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I notice several players with Yankee connections on that list. Didn’t Arod like to mentor younger players?

    As far as Colon, Melky and Grandal are concerned, there was no way that they could be suspended twice for the same event.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      To be fair, Martinez isn’t so much a Yankee connection, since he was with the Astros last year when these guys were getting drugs from Bosch. But Melky, Montero and Cervelli did come up with the Yankees.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        At this stage, we have no idea of when those players began to use Biogenesis. We do not know how they heard of Biogenesis; however, there is a Yankee cluster that includes Arod. Did he influence them.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        Biogenesis only opened in 2012. Not that they couldn’t have been cheaters before that, but Biogenesis was open for less than a year before it fell apart.

      • bigharold - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        “At this stage, we have no idea of when those players began to use Biogenesis.”

        Yeah but don’t let that stop you from throwing out unsubstantiated innuendo.

    • cohnjusack - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      Yankee connections eh? Well, with Cabrera and Grandal, I’m noticing a lot of Padres connects.
      Ohh…Nelson Cruz was once a Brewer? Him + Braun = Brewer Connect. What’s up with that?
      And the Indians Connect is obvious with Colon and Peralta.

      We’re through the looking class here people!

      • smoothaswilkes - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:47 PM

        Two is “a lot of Padres connects”?

        Grandal was acquired in a trade and Cabrera was a Rule 5 draftee from Colorado. Who knows where either got turned on to the Biogensis crew.

        If you are looking for a lot of Padres connectioned with PED’s you can start and stop with the 1998 team, which by the way was the reason that downtown ballpark became publicly funded. Talk about collusion in covering up/protecting/cheering active PED use that team is the poster child.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        Braun’s connection appears to be through the University of Miami. There does appear to be a cluster of Biogenesis customers with a University of Miami connection.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Yes, if we’re looking for common threads, it’s not teams. It’s Miami (where the place was located) and the ACES agency run by the Levinson brothers. Melky, Cruz, Montero and Peralta are ACES clients. Cervelli was an ACES client.

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:29 AM

        Biogenesis opened in March of 2012. Braun was long long gone from the University of Macondo – he graduated in 2005, I believe. I suspect that his connection with the clinic was more likely by word of mouth from other major leaguers.

        A-roid, on the other hand, went to high school and lives here in Macondo and has been actively involved with University of Macondo athletics even though he never attended it. His contributions helped fund the University’s baseball stadium and training complex, which bears his name – very sticky, because of course if he goes down hard the University will want to change that but the agreement under which it accepted his donations may prohibit their doing so. Nice little sideboard to the main event, no?

  3. jayscarpa - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I still can’t believe Cervelli is on that list. Yankee fans loved him even when he sucked, which was often. I wonder if the fans give him a pass

    • yankee172 - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      I will. I honestly couldn’t care less about who takes steroids. If you can get away with it and put on a better show as a result, I’m a happy camper.

      • basedrum777 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Stop giving us true yankees fans a bad name. If you don’t know that everyone is starting fresh each season and that work is being used to beat your opponent rather than drugs then you may as well be watching professional wrestling.

      • yankee172 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Are you a true Scottsman as well?

        I’m here to watch some baseball – I’ll let Bud et al. work out the rules and dole out punishments. If they’re on the field and wearing a yankee uniform, I’ll root for them.

        You go ahead and root against Cervelli, though. You true yankee fan, you.

  4. bigtrav425 - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    It’s all BS..you do what it takes to win and be the best

    • tigersfandan - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Actually, ethics do matter. You’re wrong.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Ethics shmethics, go hit me some homeruns dammit!

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        No, brewcrewfan, the concept of ethics is all over the debate about PEDs. Thank you tigerfandan for reminding of us of that.

      • yankee172 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        Who cares? These are baseball players, not adoption candidates. And let’s please put this in perspective. As Craig often points out, we give players a pass for much more serious ethical transgressions than using PEDs.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        yankee, ethics start somewhere. And it is undeniable that ethics are the crux of the PED debate. Ethics within the game, not off the field.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        Athletes and celebrities aren’t role models, they’re entertainers. I’ll teach my kids right and wrong. Baseball players need to hit me homeruns.

      • yankee172 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        Scott: Sure, and when picking my friends and business partners ethics are pretty much the 1st thing I consider. It’s pretty far down the list when it comes to baseball players though, mostly because I don’t care about anything other than what they do on the field. Like brewcrew said, they’re entertainers. C’est tout.

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        When picking girlfriends, ethics are the last thing I want to consider.

        Hygiene, yes.

        Ethics, no.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:35 AM

        Atta boy Gator. Way to put that in perspective. I like my girls dumb with loose morals. And the bigger tits the better. Fa sho!

  5. dondada10 - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Puello is having an amazing year in AA. Really hope his emergence isn’t PED fueled.

  6. jackvcr - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Who, other than the jock sniffers posing as ‘journalists’ who write about him, actually gives a shit about a turd like Alex Rodriguez?

  7. historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Ok, I have an important thing Thursday night. Please, please do not release all the suspension announcements at 5 on Thursday!

    • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      Sorry to hear of your conflict, but any announcements after 1600 tomorrow change the waiver wire completely. Do players now get claimed off waivers, potentially taking the contract; do teams not place players on waivers? What happens when the Tigers claim Rollins?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        I can wait on the pick ups. I just don’t want to miss the first wave of freak out with you guys on the suspensions.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        I was at a formal event, wearing my Air Force mess dress, when the Phillies lost the Series in 1993. Sadly, I was limited to a 9 inch black and white screen, located in the cloakroom, to witness the heartbreak.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        Air Force? Oh, I better not say anything….

        Look on the bright side, you’ll always have Delmon Young.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

        Air Force, yes, third generation.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        And say what you want. I am proud of my service, but fully aware of what has become my beloved service.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        No, it’s just if there’s anything the soldiers and sailors in my family agree on it’s how much the Air Force sucks. :) My BIL sent back a 5 minute video from Afghahnistan of them playing w/ airmen re: salutes.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        Hmm, soldiers and sailor, my officers typically called them, “targets.” And I had one the sharpest salutes known, even made an Army colonel audibly gasp. I love the inter-service rivalry, as we all have our strengths.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:32 AM

        Looks like we won’t be needing Rollins after all.

  8. ctony1216 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    I wonder, if A-Rod were offered Braun’s deal (65 games) would he take it.

    If MLB is offering A-Rod 150 games, it’s not too surprising that A-Rod’s team is insisting it will appeal. A-Rod might feel he can get 65 games on appeal. Those 85 games above what Braun got are worth about $10 million to A-Rod, and if he lost the appeal, he’d probably only get hit with 150 games anyway. So there’s no incentive to A-Rod to not appeal — except if the threat of a lifetime ban is legit, but that seems a bit extreme.

    My prediction: they settle on 100 games.

  9. scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    If all other players accept the punishment, Rodriguez loses a lot position. As long as MLB backs off a lifetime ban, he almost cannot win. Now, if MLB tries the, “best interests of the game,” angle, Rodriguez has numerous examples of Selig not doing so.

  10. brooklynboy48 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    That lying cheating turd Braun should get 100 games because, whether you want to agree or not, this is his second offense. Plus that piece of crap should have to give like 2 million to the sample collector he libeled. Other than ARod he is the biggest lowlife of all!

  11. louhudson23 - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Screw the ethics…(if you choose)…the reason to not let them do “whatever it takes” is that the resulting( so called) baseball sucks…..if you like that crap,then just get the HR Derby DVD and let her roll….or stick to PlayStation…..the baseball of today far exceeds the freak show…..

  12. stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    “Though it still hardly seems right that not cooperating with the investigation is grounds for an additional penalty.”

    Seriously Matthew? You do realize people are routinely rewarded (w/ reduced sentences) for cooperating…right? So in my view…had Braun fully cooperated it would have not only showed he was contrite…but that he wanted to take responsibility and help MLB rid themselves of PED’s as a whole. I have no problems whatsoever with him getting an additional 15 games.
    In fact, if I were making the call dudes would get a full year with the 1st failed test and be banned from the game with a 2nd.

  13. manhandler1 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Hope they get rid of that monumentally arrogant, self absorbed, lying, insecure POS Rodriguez forever. Just the way he stands at the plate like he thinks he’s some kind of god makes me want to puke. Now he’s got shrunken nuts from PED use to go along with the teeny weeny he’s trying to make up for. He’s a festering sore…Get rid of him…the sooner the better.

  14. sabatimus - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    “Though it still hardly seems right that not cooperating with the investigation is grounds for an additional penalty.”

    Say what?

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