In the Eye on Baseball Top 10, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10 will always be informed by some angle or another. (Note that the absence of an angle is itself an angle!)
And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Who are the best active players to have at least the whiff of PED use about them?
Obviously, some strict criteria are in order. We're absolutely not getting into the distasteful and roundly ignorant game of guessing which players may be using banned substances based on appearances or recent performance. Instead, we're limiting our rankings to those who were mentioned in the Mitchell Report and those who have been suspended under MLB's Joint Drug Agreement, including those disciplined for their roles in the Biogenesis scandal. As for the "active" qualifier, we're talking about players currently on MLB active rosters or, in a couple of cases, those now in the minors who have been in the majors before.
Please do bear in mind that some of the players mentioned here -- i.e., many of those who appear in the Mitchell Report -- have not admitted to PED use, so don't take their inclusion here to be tantamount to an accusation. That is, "whiff of PED use" absolutely does not equal "proven use of PEDs."
How are we ranking them? We're doing so in terms of career value, and, no, we're not taking any half-baked guesses at how PED use, alleged or otherwise, may or may not have altered their numbers.
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Notes: The players below are not the top 10 hitters and pitchers connected to PEDs. Those rankings can be found here.