Nothing is official yet, but all sign point to the 12 Biogenesis offenders to accept their 50-game suspension. Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez is expected to be the only player to appeal his suspension, likely due to the harshness of the punishment. Facing a 214-game suspension that would take him through the 2014 season, A-Rod can appeal and continue to play baseball this season until an arbitrator has heard the case.
Bud Selig had the ability to revoke his right to an appeal if he deemed it to be the best course of action for baseball, but any suspension of A-Rod's rights would have brought on protest from the MLB Players Union. The final punishment handed out by MLB is still unknown because the arbitrator could determine that a 214-game ban is too harsh and could possibly decrease the final amount of games.
There are nine known players that are likely to face suspension today: Nelson Cruz of the Rangers, who fired his ACES representatives, the agency that caught heat for possibly steering their clients to Biogenesis, Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, Everth Cabrera of the Padres, Francisco Cervelli of the Yankees, Jesus Montero of the Seattle Mariners, who informed the Rainiers that he won't be with the team on Monday, Ex-Mets and Houston Astros player and current Yankees minor leaguer Fernando Martinez, Athletics' Jordan Norbert, ex-A's and current Padres minor leaguer Fautino de los Santos, and Mets prospect Cesar Puello.
Yasmani Grandal, Bartolo Colon, and Melky Cabrera have all been deemed immune from additional punishment since all three have already served 50-game suspensions after a positive test.
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