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Is Biogenesis casting a shadow over the trade deadline?

Jul 31, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

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It seems like all baseball news has been overshadowed by the looming Biogenesis suspensions and the circus that is Alex Rodriguez‘s, Major League Baseball’s and the New York Yankees’ public feud. Indeed, as this week began it appeared as though today’s trade deadline would be a mere afterthought. Or, if not an afterthought, that it would be subservient to the Biogenesis drama, with teams looking to desperately cover for players they will lose to suspension.

Things have calmed down considerably in the past 24, hours, however.

For one thing, one of the teams that stood to be most adversely affected by Biogenesis suspensions — the Tigers, who will almost certainly lose Jhonny Peralta — filled their imminent shortstop hole with Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox. That, combined with the news that baseball is not likely to suspend Bartolo Colon due to him already having been punished for taking the substances he received from Biogenesis means that only one team currently in the playoff hunt stands to lose a significant player. That being the Texas Rangers and Nelson Cruz, according to multiple reports. Other players named in multiple reports include the Padres’ Everth Cabrera, whose team is not in contention, and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, who is on the 60-day DL with a broken hand. Ryan Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season, but with his team far from contention, it’s unlikely the Brewers were going to do anything but sell anyways.

For another — and maybe I’m just imagining this — Major League Baseball appears to be settling on Friday as D-Day in the Biogenesis mess. Last night Jeff Passan of Yahoo! reported that the timeframe would be “within the next 72 hours” — a report that was later confirmed by multiple sources — as opposed to dropping their bomb at or around today’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Maybe this is a matter of MLB still having work to do before issuing suspensions. Maybe it’s a matter of the league wanting to bury bad news on a Friday afternoon like politicians so often do. But maybe — just maybe — it’s a matter of MLB appreciating that the trade deadline chatter and commentary is pretty good for its brand and deciding to let that stuff have the limelight today.

The addition of a second wild card in each league also could be depressing trade activity, because teams are hesitant to sell while they still are in contention. Teams still need to sell tickets for the stretch run, and surrendering before August is no way to do that. Besides, there’s always the chance that a club goes on a late-season run.

MLB commended Braun for taking responsibility for his actions and said it wanted to resolve this issue, but otherwise has been publicly silent about the Biogenesis suspensions. Rodriguez’s attorney, David Cornwell, said in a radio interview this week that his client planned to fight the suspension.

“When the time comes and baseball does whatever it is going to do, then I will sit down with Alex and talk to him about the process of the appeal, filing the appeal and going in and presenting our best evidence that we have — and we think we have good evidence — to defend his interest, to protect him. That’s what I expect to be doing,” Cornwell told Stephen A. Smith, who was hosting the Michael Kay Show.

Rodriguez will always dominate the news, especially in New York. A-Rod would lead New York sports news for years even if he joined a religious sect that had him swear off sports, public appearances and money. He’s always the story in Gotham. But outside of that crazy media environment trades and playoff races seem to have been thrust to the fore last night and today.

Maybe Major League Baseball will fall back on old bad-P.R. habits and drop it’s bad news bombs after lunch today. But for now it seems pretty darn refreshing that we can focus on what’s truly good about baseball than what is, quite frankly, a major, major drag.

  1. baseballici0us - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Does a bear shit in the woods?

    • baseballici0us - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Should’ve said poop…sorry

    • ridingwithnohandlebars - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Does a polar bear poo on ice?

  2. girardisbraces - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    *its

    FTFY

  3. lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    To Zimbabwe (or wherever Obama’s from) with Biogenesis! lukescottslibido prefers to focus on love…or what passes for love in lukescottsworld. In this case dear HBT readers let me draw your attention to a new playah in the highstakes game of ah-moor-ie. He is “benjisbigumpblockingbutt”. He casts a wide shadow and is a pork fiend, not unlike yours truly. And right now, as he we speak, he is putting his best, most impressive large rumped effort forth to lure that sultry vixen, historiophilliac. Lets cheer him on, everyone.

    Go, playah!

    (and if charm fails, try roofies)

    • bwolfsohn - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      don’t feed the troll

      • stex52 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        He’s not a troll. He’s our old buddy.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        Hey! I resemble that remark!

  4. heyblueyoustink - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    “”My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail is a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”

    – signed, ARod’s Idol

    • stex52 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      So hey, Smaug. How they hangin’?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Bunch of effing white midgets robbed me. Can you believe that bull-pucky?!?!?

  5. ceboscuit - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I’m going to assume that Selig will wait until just after the deadline to announce the names. I’m sure he’s let the teams know so they can do more dealing. Selig only cares about drumming up interest in the game of baseball. More teams dealing means more interest. Once that calms down, he’ll announce the names in the most grand way he can.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    There is an AP story on SI.com that claims that MLB has already told the Union which players it plans to suspend. If that story is true, I assume that the teams also know who will be suspended.

  7. sdelmonte - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    A-Rod isn’t quite dominating the news in NYC. We also have Weiner and Spitzer. And Spitzer criticizing Weiner. Frankly, I would rather actually hear about A-Rod. Using PEDs seems a lot less sordid and silly than the nonsense our local disgraced politicians are involved in.

    But had Wheeler really tossed a no-hitter last night, he might struggled to bump the three kings of the tabloids from the front page. Which is actually a blessing in disguise. The young guns of Flushing can develop and the glare can shine elsewhere for a while.

  8. thegonz13 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Biogenesis isn’t casting a shadow over the trade deadline. It’s the lack of big names being moved that’s casting the biggest shadow.

    The rumor mill is actually more interesting than the day itself, at least so far.

  9. chiadam - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Genesis > Biogenesis

  10. tbutler704 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    The pics of Alex Rodriguez around here always crack me up. This one is his “I need to go take a sh#t” facial expression.

  11. chip56 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    How many different ways can Craig write the exact same article…”Biogenesis hunt bad; hurting baseball more than steroid use…abuse of power…hrmph”

  12. chip56 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    saying it over and over and over again a) makes him just as dumb as the writers he regularly mocks and b) doesn’t make him right.

  13. gibbskins9 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    I’m tired of the speculation articles, STFU it will be what it will be

  14. yankeepunk3000 - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    is this really and article? yes obviously it is affecting it…thank you come again!

  15. mazblast - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Rosie knows he’s such a credit to the game
    But the Yankees steal the headlines every time
    Melodrama’s so much fun
    In black and white for everyone to see, to see…

  16. jcarne9014 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    PEDs have dominated the baseball conversation for 15 years, not just this trade deadline! Enough already!

  17. jollyjoker2 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    He got his cash…what does he care. He just wants the rest for not having to work.

    • pukinbuzzard - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Truly the American way!!! It’s a great gig if you can get it. Pay for sitting back watching others work.

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