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Report: Players, minus A-Rod, taking deals

Most of the players implicated in the Biogenesis investigation plan on accepting suspensions of at least 50 games, with the exception of Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, Yahoo Sports reported.

Major League Baseball has collected considerable evidence that a dozen or more players received performance-enhancing drugs from the defunct Miami-area anti-aging clinic, the website reported. That includes text messages to Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch promising to send money in exchange for drugs.

Almost all of those players are expected to agree to suspensions offered by the league this week, according to the website. Rodriguez, however, plans to appeal any suspension.

The Associated Press reported Monday that MLB might try to suspend Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator. If the maneuver fails, Rodriguez likely would be able to play while the rest of the players in the Biogenesis case are sidelined.

According to Yahoo Sports, players are finalizing agreements that will allow them to play toward the end of September. MLB set 50 games as a baseline, and those who did not cooperate during the investigation agreed to additional penalties of double-digit games.

The biggest names likely to be suspended are Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta and Rangers OF Nelson Cruz.

Bosox boost rotation

The Red Sox have acquired RHP Jake Peavy from the White Sox in a three-team trade, reported.

Boston, which trails the Rays in the AL East, sent INF Jose Iglesias to the Tigers, who shipped OF prospect Avisail Garcia to Chicago. The Red Sox also are getting RH reliever Brayan Villarreal from Detroit and sending a total of three lower level prospects to the Tigers and White Sox, reported.

A'S BOOST INFIELD: The Athletics acquired INF Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for 2B prospect Grant Green, reported. Callaspo played third base for Anaheim but will play second for Oakland.

EX-CLOSER JOINS DODGERS: RHP Brian Wilson, a former closer with the NL West rival Giants, agreed to a one-year deal with Los Angeles. Wilson, 31, is coming back from reconstructive elbow surgery and last pitched in April 2012.

BERKMAN PONDERS: Rangers DH Lance Berkman said he expects to know soon whether he will play again or retire. Berkman, 37, who has been on the disabled list since July 7 with left hip inflammation, plans to take batting practice for a couple of days then decide.

INDIANS GET RELIEVER: Cleveland acquired LHP Marc Rzepczynski from the Cardinals for Class A INF Juan Herrera.

ASTROS: RHP Bud Norris, the subject of much trade speculation, was scratched from his scheduled start.

BRAVES: Reserve OF Reed Johnson went on the 15-day disabled list with left heel tendinitis, making him the team's third outfielder on the DL. Former Rays CF B.J. Upton, sidelined by a right hip strain, is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett today, and reserve OF Jordan Schafer, out with a bruised right ankle, could head to Gwinnett on Saturday.

BREWERS: RHP Yovani Gallardo left his start against the Cubs in the fifth inning because of tightness in his left hamstring.

PHILLIES: 3B Cody Asche, one of the team's top prospects, was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

TWINS: C Joe Mauer was back in the lineup after missing six games because of the birth of his twin girls.

Report: Players, minus A-Rod, taking deals 07/30/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:03am]
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