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Former Atlanta Brave Melky Cabrera Among 20 Potential Suspensions for Performance Enhancing Drugs

June 5th, 2013 at 7:03 PM
By Cody Fields

Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Melky Cabrera was already suspended last season for 50 games for using performance enhancing drugs while with the San Francisco Giants. Though he's moved on to the Toronto Blue Jays, the stench of steroids is following him, as an Outside the Lines report has unearthed that he is among as many as 20 players Major League Baseball is seeking to suspend in connection with Biogenesis of America in Miami.

Founder of the now defunct company Tony Bosch agreed to cooperate with MLB this week, giving baseball authorities the grounds to potentially suspend some players as much as 100 games for a second offense.

They're justifying making it two offenses by being connected to Bosch in the first place and lying about the connection to be two separate things, allowing them to potentially suspend the likes of Alex Rodriguez and the already embattled Ryan Braun. MLB has actually already done that in the case of minor league player Cesar Carillo. He was suspended for 100 games being connected to Biogenesis and lying about it.

What really tops it for MLB is the fact that Bosch will actually swear to the accuracy and legitimacy of the documents, provided MLB does what they can to stave off prosecution from the feds.

Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal were suspended last year for 50 games, leading MLB to investigate Biogenesis.

Braun may be in the hottest water, seeing that he successfully appealed a 50-game suspension after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone in October 2011. He has repeatedly maintained his innocence in the situation, but Bosch has told MLB that he directly interacted with Braun and is expected to say he sold Braun PEDs.

Nelson Cruz, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Jhonny Peralta, Cesar Puello, Fernando Martinez, Everth Cabrera, Fautino de los Santos, Jordan Norberto are others who have been implicated, among others referred to by code names.

See ESPN.com for more on the story.

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Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Biogenesis, Melky Cabrera, MLB, performance enhancing drugs, Tony Bosch

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