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MLB working toward new PED deal, would increase suspensions

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Bud Selig and his fellow front office team work toward strengthening the drug policy.
Bud Selig and his fellow front office team are working toward strengthening the drug policy. (USATSI)

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Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward increasing penalties for players caught using performance-enhancing drugs while also decreasing penalties for players testing positive unintentionally, the Associated Press reports.

The AP report notes that now a first positive test would result in a 100-game suspension while a second would trigger a full-season suspension. A third test would then result in a lifetime ban, which was already the rule in place. At present, it's a 50-game suspension for a first offense, followed by a 100-game ban for a second offense.

On the flip-side, players who test positive for inadvertant use would only be nailed with half a violation. It will be intersting to see how MLB and the MLBPA believes they can prove accidental use, but here are two examples provided by the Associated Press:

Philadelphia infielder Freddy Galvis was suspended for 50 games in June 2012 for a Clostebol Metabolite, which he later claimed was contained in a foot cream he used. Reliever Guillermo Mota, then with San Francisco, was suspended for 100 games in May 2012 after taking a cough syrup with Clenbuterol.

The current expectation is that MLB will have the new system in place before Sunday, when the Dodgers and Padres open the non-Australian part of the 2014 MLB regular season.

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