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Peddlin’ PEDs

Every once and awhile we’re reminded of the dark episode from recent past that still haunts the MLB. Today we’re likely to witness 2010’s first player suspension for PEDs. Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus broke the story late last night/early today. So far, sources have leaked that a player unsuccessfully appealed testing and a decision to suspend him has been reached. The player is a pitcher and the drug of choice was NOT amphetamines. That’s all we know right now. The announcement is expected today, but could be delayed.

Keep your eyes and ears open. When this happens it will be all over ESPN. Unless it’s a Phillie, NL East rival, or major player of note, you won’t be getting any further reactions from me. But do stop back for some fun and games in the coming days.



The man of the hour is Edinson Volquez. Word on the street is the substance is similar to the one used by Manny. I’ll leave my personal opinions of PED users for another day and focus on a rumor I’ve seen in a couple different outlets: Volquez’ suspension is set to begin immediately.

Yep, despite being on the 60 day DL until sometime between late July and early September, it’s rumored that Volquez’ suspension will run concurrent with his rehab stint and will be over long before he is set to return to action. If true, I’m not sure anyone can claim this makes sense. I’ll be out looking for more concrete information in this regard and I’ll let you know when I find it.

In the meantime, assuming it is true, rest assured that public backlash will see to it that Volquez is the only one to benefit from this asinine policy. A PED suspension is supposed to do several things. It’s supposed to take 50 days of availability away from the team. The team is compensated for this by not having to pay the player over this period (Volquez makes a “measly” $445,000). The player also loses 50 days of service time and gets considerable negative publicity. In this case, the club is not being punished at all and Volquez will hardly be affected in the short term. I’ll comment on long term effects when I update the veracity of this rumored suspension rule.


Update #2:

It appears that Volquez will be eligible to return from suspension on June 15. He claims that the drug he used was prescribed by a Dominican doctor to “help him make a family”. Volquez will lose 50 games of his salary which works out to a little bit under $140,000. Long term, he loses 50 days of service time which will affect future contract negotiations. Whether or not testing positive affects his future bargaining position beyond that depends on how well he pitches when he returns. He will probably earn less money than he could via arbitration.

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  • papirico52

    I hope its a brave

  • The A Team

    Edinson Volquez it is.

    Honestly I’m not bothered by this one. The suspension may help Volquez and the Reds as he was rushing back to health, risking re-injury in the process. I expect him to be activated to serve his sentence immediately following the AS break and to make a couple end of season starts.

    Alternatively, the Reds may opt to forgo the season with Volquez if they find themselves way out of the playoff picture by June. If they happens he’ll be activated more towards mid-August.

  • MooseWithFleas

    This is Dusty Baker we are talking about… Volquez will be trotted out there to pitch 120+ pitches a start for the final month of the 2010 season when the Reds are 15 games back of the division.