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

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:40 AM EST

    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…

  2. Pirates sign Jonathan Sanchez to minor league deal

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

  3. Jesus Montero linked to Biogenesis

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:54 AM EST

    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…

  4. Esmil Rogers bows out of 2013 World Baseball Classic

    Feb 2, 2013, 10:03 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 2, 2013, 5:14 PM EST

    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 According to Dionisio Soldevila, a Spanish language reporter for the Associated Press and ESPN Deportes, Cabrera has withdrawn his name…

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

    Jan 30, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jan 29, 2013, 2:04 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:25 AM EST

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    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…

  9. MLB, players agree to expanded drug testing

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:08 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 3, 2013, 5:10 PM EST

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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…

  11. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    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:…

  12. Carlos Ruiz and performance-enhancing drugs

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 19, 2012, 9:35 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Nov 16, 2012, 6:09 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Nov 16, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Nov 16, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    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…

  17. Melky Cabrera’s contract is not evidence that the drug program is broken

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

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    As soon as the news broke that Melky Cabrera is signing with the Blue Jays, several people in my Twitter timeline said things to the effect that it must be the case that baseball’s drug testing system is broken if someone fresh off a PED suspension can sign a two-year, $16 million deal. And I get…

  18. Blue Jays sign Melky Cabrera to two-year, $16 million deal

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:04 PM EST

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    In case there was any doubt left that the Blue Jays are pulling out all the stops following their blockbuster trade with the Marlins earlier this week, now Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Toronto has signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million contract. Cabrera got the All-Star game MVP and…

  19. Buster Posey first catcher in 40 years to win NL MVP award

    Nov 15, 2012, 6:19 PM EST

    Buster Posey

    The Giants’ Buster Posey was the runaway winner for National League Most Valuable Player honors Thursday, claiming 27 of the 32 first-place votes. Posey was listed in the top three on every ballot to finish with 422 points. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun came in second place with three first-place votes and 285 points. Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen…

  20. Mike Trout won the “Heart and Hustle” award

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    Mike Trout won Rookie of the Year and will finish runner-up for MVP, but surely this will be his proudest accomplishment for 2012: Trout has been named the “Heart and Hustle” award winner. Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association gives the annual award to the “player who demonstrates a passion for the game and best…

  21. Melky Cabrera attracting interest from at least five teams

    Nov 10, 2012, 8:45 PM EST

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    You know the story by now. Melky Cabrera was busted for PED use this summer, tried to skirt his 50-game suspension by building a fake supplement supply website, and then walked out on his Giants teammates without apologizing or saying goodbye after his plan was foiled. But he’s very talented. And that’s all that really…

  22. 50 game suspensions are plenty tough

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

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    Tom Verducci had a rundown of free agent outfielders the other day. His Melky Cabrera comments: decent gamble and, because of his suspension, you can probably get him on a one year deal. Fair enough. Then: In the meantime, I can’t believe Cabrera has yet to truly explain himself and begin to clear the air…

  23. Ryan Howard is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:48 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Man, it’s starting early this year. Take it away Ruben Amaro: Amaro said Ryan Howard’s offseason conditioning program has already shown results. “I think he’s lost a significant amount of weight, which bodes well for him,” the GM said. Good for Howard. And good for Amaro for making it safe for all general managers and…

  24. Melky Cabrera’s agents cleared of wrongdoing by MLBPA

    Nov 5, 2012, 8:03 PM EST

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    Melky Cabrera‘s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson of ACES, have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the attempted coverup of Melky Cabrera’s positive test for testosterone following an investigation by the MLB players’ association. In other words, the union has apparently agreed with the notion that former ACES consultant Juan Nunez acted alone in the…

  25. Melky Cabrera is a finalist for the “Heart and Hustle” award

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    OK, so this was apparently announced way back in July, but I didn’t notice it until Mike Bates pointed it out on Twitter this afternoon and … well, you’ll see. Each year the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association gives out a “Heart and Hustle” award “to a player who demonstrates a passion for the…

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