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Biogenesis: MLB plans to suspend Alex Rodriguez and eight other players

Nick Laham

MLB is on the verge of announcing at least nine different suspensions by the end of the week. They have already suspended Ryan Braun for the rest of the season after he agreed not to appeal his punishment. Right now MLB is working with the players union to get as many players to agree to a suspension as possible without anyone filing a grievance.

According to Joel Sherman those names include Nelson Cruz of the Rangers, Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, Francisco Cervelli of the Yankees and Jesus Montero of the Mariners. Alex Rodriguez is obviously one of them, but he is likely to be given a harsher punishment of at least 150 games and right now they hope he will agree to his punishment without an appeal. The possibility of suspending him for the 2014 season, and even a lifetime ban, has most believing he will fight Major League Baseball and could possibly play while he appeals.

MLB has already stated that players who have already served a suspension, like Bartolo Colon of the Athletics and Melky Cabrera of the Blue Jays, can not be suspended again this time around.

With the trade deadline later today, teams will be attempting to find contingency plans in case their players get suspended. The Tigers traded for Jose Iglesias in a three team deal that sent Jake Peavy to the Red Sox and Avisail Garcia to the White Sox. The Rangers have yet to strike in regards to an outfielder, having already given up several pieces for Matt Garza.

The loss of Cervelli for the season means that the Yankees will have to make do with Chris Stewart and Austin Romine for the rest of the year. Sherman has also heard that Brian Cashman will only be looking at small deals to make, so a big trade is unlikely. It's possible that they will simply sit tight at the deadline and hope there can be some help found on the waiver wire in August.

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