Tony Bosch, founder of the now-shuttered Biogenesis of America, reached an agreement this week to cooperate with MLB's investigation, two sources told "Outside the Lines," giving MLB the ammunition officials believe they need to suspend the players. One source familiar with the case said the commissioner's office might seek 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez, Braun and other players, the penalty for a second doping offense. The argument, the source said, is the players' connection to Bosch constitutes one offense, and previous statements to MLB officials denying any such connection or the use of PEDs constitutes another. Bosch and his attorneys did not return several calls. MLB officials refused to comment when reached Tuesday. Bosch is expected to begin meeting with officials -- and naming names -- within a week. The announcement of suspensions could follow within two weeks.
The Braun suspension would be a crushing blow to his owners, obviously, and the story notes that Gio Gonzalez "was listed among Biogenesis clients, but two sources told ESPN the only substances he received from the clinic were legal." This doesn't create much in the way of useful fantasy players for most leagues, looking at the next in line on the depth chart after the prominent names. Logan Schafer, Alexi Amarista, Craig Gentry, etc.
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