According to a report by the Associated Press, Major League Baseball leaders have contacted the Player’s Union to alert them as to which players they intend to suspend. The suspensions would be products of the Biogenesis scandal and ensuing investigation.
The meeting between MLB and the union on Tuesday, first reported by the New York Daily News, signaled the final stretch of talks. MLB hopes to announce the penalties for all players involved at the same time, both people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized.
The Union has stated publicly that they will not seek appeal in cases where evidence in overwhelming and the AP report indicates that the Union and MLB are working toward settling as many of these cases as possible before announcing the details of the suspension. It has been reported that the players involved would be facing 50 games each, with the possibility of an additional 15 more in MLB leaders felt they had been lied to or mislead by those under investigation.
It is not expected that an agreement will be reached with Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who could be facing a lifetime ban for his involvement and attempts to derail the investigation. At best, A-Rod is probably facing a suspension that would keep him off the field through the entire 2014 season.
It is unknown at this time if players such as Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, and Yasmani Grandal — all of whom were previously suspended for positive tests resulting from their association with Biogenesis, would face additional punishment.