Could some big-name Major League Baseball players be suspended in the near future?
ESPN reported on Tuesday that MLB will seek to suspend approximately 20 players -- including New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun -- who have been connected to a Florida clinic that is at the center of a performance-enhancing drug scandal.
According to the ESPN report:
Tony Bosch, founder of the now-shuttered Biogenesis of America, reached an agreement this week to cooperate with MLB's investigation, two sources told (ESPN's) "Outside the Lines," giving MLB the ammunition officials believe they need to suspend the players.
One source familiar with the case said the commissioner's office might seek 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez, Braun and other players, the penalty for a second doping offense. The argument, the source said, is the players' connection to Bosch constitutes one offense, and previous statements to MLB officials denying any such connection or the use of PEDs constitute another.
Sources said Bosch will meet with MLB officials in New York on Friday to begin sharing information and materials. He is expected to meet with lawyers and investigators for several days. The announcement of suspensions could follow within two weeks.
According to ESPN, the list of players -- in addition to Rodriguez and Braun -- who could potentially face discipline include: Padres' Everth Cabrera, Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera, Yankees' Francisco Cervelli, Athletics' Bartolo Colon, Rangers' Nelson Cruz, free agent Fautino de los Santos, Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, Padres' Yasmani Grandal, Astros' Fernando Martinez, Mariners' Jesus Montero, Tigers' Jhonny Peralta, and Mets' Cesar Puello.
Braun addressed the issue after the Brewers' game Tuesday (Fox Sports Wisconsin video)
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