The MLB has addressed the union’s questions and has stated that they will be selectively suspending players linked to their drug investigation and others will receive lengthier penalties for their roles in the Biogenesis case.
YouWager experts have learned that all sides are trying to reach as many agreements as possible in order to avoid grievance hearings, and talks could push back an announcement until Friday.
This morning’s meeting between MLB and the union appeared to be the final stretch of talks.
lex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees will likely get the longest suspension. As online sports betting fans who follow baseball know, the standard is 50 games for a first offense. However, the stiffer penalties for some players are tied to other alleged violations, which indluce not being truthful to MLB investigators.
Furthermore, three 2013 All-Stars could face bans: Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta.
Another 2013 All-Star, Oakland Atheltics pitcher Bartolo Colon, was suspended in 2012 after a positive testosterone test, as were Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and Padres’ catcher Yasmani Grandal. These players won’t receive additional discipline for that violation.
Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Seattle catcher Jesus Montero also have been linked in media reports to Biogenesis, a closed Florida anti-aging clinic that was accused by Miami New Times in January of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs.
Melky Cabrera was the 2012 All-Star Game MVP while with the San Francisco Giants and Colon won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award with the Los Angeles Angels.
Those baseball players that don’t reach agreements can ask the players’ association to file grievances, which would lead to hearings before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.
Normally, discipline for first offenders under the drug agreement is not announced until after the penalty is upheld, however there is an exception when the conduct leading to the discipline already has been made public.
Moreover, MLB might try to suspend the 38 year-old Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would lead to the suspension starting before the appeal.