MLB and the Players Association are in the process of undertaking their yearly look at the Joint Drug Agreement (JDA). Among the topics of discussion? Here's this from FoxSports1's Jon Morosi:
Source: MLB, MLBPA going through annual review of Joint Drug Agreement. Possibility of increased penalties is among topics under discussion.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 4, 2014
Presently, the JDA calls for the following penalties for use of a banned performance-enhancing substance:
- First offense: 50-game suspension
- Second offense: 100-game suspension
- Third offense: Lifetime suspension with right to apply for reinstatement after one year
And for the use of banned stimulants (e.g., amphetamines):
- First offense: Follow-up testing
- Second offense: 25-game suspension
- Third offense: 80-game suspension
- Fourth and subsequent offenses: Up to lifetime suspension, subject to arbitration
As always, the MLBPA's stance will be reflective of the desires of its constituent members. If the majority of players want stiffer penalties, then the MLBPA will advocate to that end.
For those interested, here's the PDF of the current JDA.