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muscle-bound-steroidsWe’ve been hearing for a month now that the suspensions emanating from MLB’s investigation into a Miami clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs to 15 or more Major League players, including Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez (the Biogenesis scandal), would be coming any week now. In all of those reports, it seemed as though the Trade Deadline – or a couple days in advance of it – would be something of a drop dead date for the announcement, given that teams are going to want to know what they’re facing in August and September, in terms of their roster.

But we’re just two days away from the Deadline, and no announcements have come down. Sure, Ryan Braun got his “big” suspension, but that was only because he decided, in advance of any announcement, to take a plea deal.

When is the hammer of justice* going to come down from on high? Well, if a report from the New York Post is to be believed, it’ll be coming this week. Indeed, the Post reports, it’s possible that we’ll learn of more plea deals like Braun’s, where certain players decide to immediately accept a suspension and sit out the rest of the year so that they can start 2014 with a “clean” slate.

Otherwise, we might see one big, mass announcement for the implicated players, which could number anywhere from 10 to 20 or more. Names connected to the clinic in reports include Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, and Jhonny Peralta, though no one has been formally outed, save for Braun. You can see the trade implications there immediately, as the A’s, Rangers, and Tigers fight for a playoff spot, and the Blue Jays decide whether to sell.

To my mind, announcements after the Trade Deadline would probably anger the affected teams, so I’ll tentatively expect we’ll see something today, tomorrow, or very early on Wednesday.

*You may choose to read that sincerely or sarcastically, depending on your predisposition on the PED issue.

  • TheoHoyer

    Hahaha, Ronnie Coleman. Nice picture, Brett.

  • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

    You can bet your bottom dollar that the guys on teams who’re in the playoff hunt will appeal, delaying their suspensions until 2014.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’d hang onto that bottom dollar if I were you.

      Think about the tough spot an impending free agent like Nelson Cruz is in – appeal, play for the Rangers, and then start my search for a new team (and $$$ with a suspension looming)? Or take the deal, sit out now, and start my search with a clean slate?

      • Noah

        I was thinking the same thing. Especially if MLB offers a plea deal to the guys akin to what they did with Braun. I’m presuming the offer with Braun was that he could either accept the deal they were offering and agree not to appeal, or MLB would seek at least a 100 game suspension, potentially a whole season.

      • hansman1982

        If they are named, their contract for next year is going to take a hit anyway. I’d take the hit next year, go for a ring this year and do a 1-year prove-it deal next year.

        • ssckelley

          Melky Cabrera waves hello.

        • X The Cubs Fan

          No ones going to want to pay a guy with a 50 game suspension looming.

          • Noah

            I could see someone giving Cruz a 1 year deal next year as long as he isn’t suspended for the whole season. The suspension is without pay, so the team would only be on the hook for the amount of time he is not suspended.

            The question is if Cruz would be better off getting a lower money multi-year deal, or rolling the dice on a good performance in whatever part of 2014 he is allowed to play. He will be 34 in the 2014-2015 offseason.

  • CubFan Paul

    “When is the hammer of justice* going to come down”

    Batman had “Fists of Justice” on “The Brave and The Bold”

  • urbanted

    My guess is that the teams that have named players probably already know internally, and are probably in the loop where things currently stand, though maybe not exactly what the end result will be. Am I wrong?

  • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

    Love the roided out pic.

    I wonder how if Schierholtz/DeJesus is getting any play because of Cruz? Or is Texas all played out on deals with the Cubs?

    • On The Farm

      Yeah how many guys can we get from Texas. Loux-Hendricks-Villanueva (3B)-Grimm-Olt-Edwards-PTBNL and a possible other guy for an OF. That would be nuts.

      • http://Jplgxk AlwaysNextYear

        I was wondering if we do trade a OF to Texas can the PTBNL be used in the deal to acquire a better prospect then we would get just for either DeJesus or Schierholtz. Sure I knew this at one time but am drawing a blank right now.

      • itzscott

        Stranger things have happened….

        I feel the Cubs really missed out in not including Odor or Sardinas.

        This may be their chance to get back in there using Schierholtz/DeJesus.

      • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

        Well, the 1984 Cubs were a vast collection of Phillies players. As Harry said, ‘Phillies West.”

        We’re Texas North. ;)

  • aCubsFan

    I believe the ‘guilty’ will be announced today or tomorrow so that playoff teams can decide whether or not to make a trade.

  • curt

    it’ll be announced when ever the almighty emperor graces all of us with an audience and and passes on his pearls of wisdom. just get on with it already and let the lawyers get started on appeals and let the Denials begin, really though I can’t believe the players union isn’t fighting this harder , mostly what they have for proof is circumstantial and the word of a guy trying to save his own ass. I’d agree their most likely guilty .if mlb really had drop dead proof their wouldn’t be plea deals .

  • fortyonenorth

    Can someone clarify why players who have previously been suspended (e.g. Melky and Bartolo) are facing renewed scrutiny. Isn’t the time period in question concurrent with their prior offenses? Or, are these separate instances that have occurred since last year?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That’s the question. If they are suspended, then it is MLB’s belief that there are separate incidents involved.

      • fortyonenorth

        I find it so hard to believe that anyone with an IQ above 72 could get busted, serve their suspension, and then immediately start juicing again. There are surely a lot of guys who think they won’t get caught but, you know, once bitten twice shy.

        • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

          Bartolo Colon recieved a stem cell procedure in ’10 that made MLB’s all-seeing-eye-of-Sauron focus closer on him. He tested positive for testosterone in 2011 and served his 50 game suspension. Is this link to the Biogenesis clinic just the source of where he got his testosterone back when they were in business? The A’s seem to think so and are betting that this would classify as the same offense and not a 2nd. Maybe they’ve talked to him and he’s told them that’s the clinic where he purchased his testosterone from?

          • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

            *received

  • 5412

    HI,

    I see another side to this. If they wait until after the MLB deadline to announce the suspensions, they are penalizing the teams more heavily with tainted players that are still in the hunt. In turn that really causes the fan’s ire to be directed at the player which is where it should be.

    Doubt they thought about that, but let some tainted player get suspended and cost his team a playoff berth, it drives home the point very well.

    regards,
    5412

    • D.G.Lang

      I also think that MLB is eager to punish the teams for not having better control of their players or for not making enough of an effort to prevent the abuse.

      IF MLB is of the opinion that the teams knew or suspected that something wasn’t quite right but were willing to go along with the abuse if it helped their team either financially or competitively then I could see MLB wanting to take whatever actions would have the greatest effect in stopping the abuse.

  • Darin

    Can I just say that I love that the guy in the picture is wearing a wrist watch? I don’t know why that cracks me up, but it does.

  • cavemencubbie

    Just heard, on CNBC, A-Rod either accepts a guilty plea for a suspension for the balance of this year and next or a life-time suspension from MLB. I wouldn’t be surprised the Yankees hope A-Rod doesn’t accept the plea to get out of paying the balance of his contract, some 60 mil.

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