MLB and the MLBPA today announced that they’ve altered the Joint Drug Agreement in a handful of pretty significant ways. The gist:
- First time positive tests are now met with an 80-game suspension. A second positive test gets you a full-season suspension (and no pay for that year). A third positive test gets you banned from MLB.
- If you’re suspended in a given season for PEDs, you’re ineligible for the postseason (even if you’ve already returned to your team).
- Players may argue before the arbitration panel that, with respect to certain banned substances, they didn’t take the substance to receive a performance-enhancing effect. If they’re successful, their suspension will be reduced. (I imagine we’ll see this come up frequently.)
- The volume of in-season random testing is doubling.