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  1. Report: MLB, player buying up Biogenesis documents

    Apr 12, 2013, 1:17 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    The New York Times is reporting that MLB, rebuffed in its attempts to get Biogenesis documents from the Miami New Times, is now paying an ex-Biogenesis employee for documents relating to the case. Which is interesting enough. Making it even more fascinating: according to the report, the league has taken this step after learning that…

  2. 2013 Preview: The American League East

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Blue Jays

    For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East. The Blue Jays totally revamped the rotation and added Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera to the lineup. Is that enough for a 20+ game swing and the division title? The…

  3. 2013 Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

    Mar 26, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

    Blue Jays

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: The Blue Jays went for it this offseason. They gonna get it? There’s…

  4. Report: MLB plans to file lawsuit against Anthony Bosch and others connected to Biogenesis

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

    AP Anthony Bosch

    With MLB increasingly desperate to get their hands on any evidence to discipline players connected to the Biogenesis clinic, they have come up with an interesting new strategy. According to Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, MLB plans to file a lawsuit on Friday against multiple people connected to Biogenesis, including the clinic’s…

  5. It’s spring training for PED moralists, too

    Mar 17, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera hits a two run double against the Yankees during the first inning of their MLB spring training baseball game in Dunedin

    Hey, not everyone can show up in March with their PED outrage in mid-season form. Scott Ostler is going to need to get a few more reps in after this performance: Among the things that ain’t what they used to be: the shame and disgrace of being busted for steroids. Exhibits C and C: Bartolo…

  6. 2013 Preview: San Francisco Giants

    Mar 16, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Romo Posey Getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The Big Question: Can the Giants hold off the Dodgers in the National…

  7. Report: MLB is “actively going after” any players linked to the Biogenesis clinic

    Mar 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    It was announced yesterday that Tigers minor league right-hander Cesar Carrillo was suspended 100 games for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. No specific drug was mentioned in the announcement, but it was later confirmed that the suspension was the result of his connection to the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic. But there’s a…

  8. Sure, keep saying that Melky Cabrera cashed in on his PED use

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    My friend Josh Fisher alerted me to something in Buster Olney’s column over the weekend about the fallout from Melky Cabrera‘s positive PED test last year: Before Melky Cabrera was suspended this past summer, the Giants were engaged in conversations with Cabrera about a deal that would’ve paid the outfielder something in the range of $75 million…

  9. “Cooperation” with an investigation does not mean talking to the media

    Feb 18, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    Buster Olney is usually pretty sensible about PED stories. He’s not an apologist or anything, but nor is he usually an alarmist. He’s a realist, mostly. He doesn’t condone PED use, obviously, but he also sees it as part of the landscape of baseball and a problem to be dealt with as opposed to some…

  10. Melky Cabrera issues his final statement on his PED suspension

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Melky Cabrera issued a statement this morning about his PED suspension, which he says will be the final thing he says about it. It’s below. I’m not sure what else can be said about it by him, but I’m sure someone will say that he hasn’t been forthcoming or leaves more questions than he does…

  11. Pirates sign Jonathan Sanchez to minor league deal

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    Jonathan Sanchez will try to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh, agreeing to a minor-league deal with the Pirates that includes an invitation to spring training. Once upon a time Sanchez looked like a very promising young left-hander, but control problems have consistently wrecked any chance he had of emerging as a front-line starter and he…

  12. Jesus Montero linked to Biogenesis

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago Cubs

    The New York Daily News reports that Mariners catcher Jesus Montero‘s name appears in the Biogenesis records.  Add him to Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Danny Valencia, Francisco Cervelli, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal. The report said he was “named in records.” It does not say if there is any indicia of PED use on…

  13. Esmil Rogers bows out of 2013 World Baseball Classic

    Feb 2, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

    esmil rogers getty

    Some minor World Baseball Classic news. According to John Lott of Toronto’s National Post, Blue Jays righty Esmil Rogers has removed himself from consideration for the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic team after originally being listed on the country’s provisional roster. Rogers, who was sent to Toronto in a November trade with the Indians, will…

  14. Report: Melky Cabrera will not play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 2, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Melky Cabrera was included on the provisional roster for the Dominican Republic when it was announced last month, but he has apparently had a change of heart about participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. According to Dionisio Soldevila, a Spanish language reporter for the Associated Press and ESPN Deportes, Cabrera has withdrawn his name…

  15. MLB will interview players named in Miami New Times story

    Jan 30, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez getty

    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Major League Baseball officials are planning to hold face-to-face interviews with all of the players named in this week’s Miami New Times story. That includes Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal. MLB officials are hoping first to obtain documents from New…

  16. Don’t slam baseball over drugs: an MLB investigation is what led to all of this

    Jan 29, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Dragnet

    As has been the case with every single positive PED test involving a notable player over the past several years, I have no doubt that in the coming days we’ll see some variation of the following from a baseball writer: Baseball wants you to think its drug problems are gone, but they’re not. With this…

  17. Clinic records suggest Alex Rodriguez purchased HGH as recently as 2012; other players named

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:25 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    Over the weekend news broke that MLB and the Drug Enforcement Administration were investigating a clinic in Miami run by Anthony Bosch, a noted friend, adviser and consultant to many baseball players.  Bosch’s clinic has long been associated with so-called anti-aging therapies and he has long been associated with PEDs.  MLB reached out to the…

  18. MLB, players agree to expanded drug testing

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

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    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have agreed to expand the drug testing program. Specifically, they have agreed to start in-season blood testing for human growth hormone and to implement a new test designed to better police testosterone use. Previously, HGH testing — which requires blood…

  19. Blaine Boyer becomes the latest former Brave acquired by Dayton Moore

    Jan 3, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    It was OK to say “hey, he knows the guy” the first eleventeen times Dayton Moore signed or traded for a former Brave. Now it’s just a fetish: #Royals sign right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract for 2013. Boyer has made 233 relief appearances in MLB career. — Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) January…

  20. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  21. Carlos Ruiz and performance-enhancing drugs

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz

    There are a lot of differing opinions out there, educated and otherwise, on just how much performance-enhancing drugs actually enhance performance. On the one side, there’s suspected users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens pulling off incredible feats at advanced ages. On the other, there’s the long list of proven cheaters littered with names of journeymen…

  22. Let’s stop beefing about the fact that Melky Cabrera got a contract

    Nov 19, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    I’ve seen a dozen of these sorts of sentiments from baseball writers since Melky Cabrera signed with the Blue Jays last week: Melky Cabrera was rewarded with a two-year, $16-million free agent contract by the Toronto Blue Jays. Cabrera’s deal came less than two weeks after the Oakland Athletics gave pitcher Bartolo Colon a pay…

  23. Melky Cabrera must not think he’s a .340 hitter

    Nov 16, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Melky Cabrera signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Blue Jays, which seems pretty good given that he hasn’t played since getting slapped with a 50-game PED suspension and then got kicked to the curb by the Giants when he was eligible to return in the postseason. Still, it’s a two-year deal at a…

  24. Jon Heyman once again falsely accuses Andy Pettitte of changing his testimony in the Clemens case

    Nov 16, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    andy pettitte getty

    Jon Heyman has a silly and superfluous column up today in which he attempts to turn a couple of random recent news stories involving PED-associated ballplayers into some big trend piece about PEDs in baseball.  He references two guys — Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi — whose PED stories are years old, and then name-checks…

  25. Giants “focused” on Angel Pagan, didn’t make offer to Melky Cabrera

    Nov 16, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan Getty

    Melky Cabrera is reportedly leaving the Giants to sign a two-year, $16 million deal with the Blue Jays and not surprisingly Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com writes that San Francisco didn’t make an offer to re-sign him. According to Baggarly the Giants viewed Cabrera as merely “a fallback option” and never actually engaged in contract talks…

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