Major League Baseball has come a long way from the steroid era as they have implemented severe penalties for those who look for an edge through performance enhancers. So, much so that it isn’t a surprise that ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” is reporting that MLB is looking to suspend 20 players.
According to ESPN, MLB and Tony Bosch, who is the founder of the now closed Biogenesis of America, have come to an agreement where Bosch will cooperate with MLB’s investigation. In return MLB will drop the lawsuit it filed against Bosch in March, indemnify him for any liability arising from his cooperation, provide personal security for him and even put in a good word with any law enforcement agency that might bring charges against him. According to ESPN, negotiations lasted several weeks and stalled over the last point.
Besides his testimony, it isn’t known what materials that Bosch will provide, but MLB does have some documents that were previously through their investigation.
As of right now MLB know of 20 players that they are looking to suspend that were clients of Bosch. They include the likes of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. In regards to Braun and Rodriguez MLB is looking to suspended them for 100 games total each for the drugs and lying to officials.
In addition to Bosch, MLB is trying to secure the cooperation of two other of his associates as well as Juan Carlos Nunez who is a registered agent that worked previously for long time agents Sam and Seth Levinson. It’s believed that Nunez was a conduit between Bosch and several players.
Now, why is this important?
The reason is that Bosch didn’t deal directly with the players as used friends as couriers and dealt with in cash. That means that MLB has to get several people to corroborate the chain that the purchase went through that way their case is very strong and will survive an assault that will be lobbied by the players representation.
The thing is the list of 20 players that MLB is looking to suspend could grow as some of the names on the list are in code word. So, that means some of the name on the list could repeat.
With MLB looking to suspend 20 players and it being early in the season, it’s still anybody’s ball game when it comes to the playoffs.