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Yankees/MLB Hot Stove Report: HGH Testing in MLB? Calling All Catchers and Middle Infielders

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  • Not only has MLB become a model of labor peace in the sports world, but now it has the distinction of being the first major American sports league to implement blood testing for human growth hormone. According to the New York Times, the soon-to-be announced CBA will include an HGH testing program that will begin this spring and carry penalties on par with the current steroid policy.
  • Clint Barmes is on the verge of becoming the latest light-hitting middle infielder to sign a multi-year deal. According to several sources, the Astros' short stop is close to signing a two-year contract with the Pirates. Omar Infante, Jamey Carroll, Mark Ellis, and Willie Bloomquist have all signed two-year deals within the past two weeks.
  • Back-up and second-tier catchers have also been a relatively hot commodity this off season. The Pirates struck first with the signing of Rod Barajas, and since then, Jose Molina, Ryan Doumit, and Gerald Laird have all signed new deals. Even Kelly Shoppach has attracted several suitors. Considering the Yankees' organizational depth at catcher, perhaps Brian Cashman can take advantage of the heavy demand?