MLB and MLBPA close to deal for stiffer PED penalties
MLB and the players' union are close to a deal that would make penalties for PED offenses much stiffer, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Major League Baseball and the players' union are close to a deal that would make penalties for performance-enhancing drug offenses much more harsh, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Under the new plan, first and second offenses would result in an 80 and 162-game suspension, respectively. A third offense still brings a lifetime ban. The two sides reportedly hope to have the new deal in place by Sunday, before the start of the season.
Under the current penalty structure, first- and second-time offenses bring 50 and 100-game suspensions, respectively. This would not be the first time the MLBPA agreed to open the Collective Bargaining and Joint Drug Agreements mid-term for revisions.