According to a new report, the majority of players implicated in the Biogenesis scandal plan on accepting suspensions of at least 50 games for their connection to the Miami anti-aging clinic. The big exception is New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who plans to fight Major League Baseball on any suspension.
Major League Baseball reportedly has “a litany” of evidence that includes text messages to Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch discussing money for performance-enhancing drugs. In the face of that evidence “upward of a dozen” players are expected to agree to suspensions with the league within the next few days.
But Rodriguez has been steadfast in his desire to fight any such suspension. Yahoo! Sports characterizes the evidence tying A-Rod to performance-enhancing drug use as “overwhelming.”
Additionally, players like Oakland A’s starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal are all expected to avoid suspensions. All three are named in the Biogenesis documents, but all three also tested positive last year, presumably from the drugs they were receiving from Bosch.
There are currently nine known players ready to accept plea deals. The biggest names from that group are Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta and Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz. Both will be free agents in the offseason.
The other players likely to accept pleas are Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, three minor leaguers (Jesus Montero, Cesar Puello and Fernando Martinez) and two free agents (Jordan Norberto and Fautino De Los Santos).
MLB is taking a hard stance with Rodriguez and it has yet to produce the same kind of deal that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun agreed to. We have a feeling this story is far from over.