Miami Lists of PED Users Released

Major League Baseball released a statement today in the wake of yet another link between the best players in the game and performance enhancing drugs, “We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances. These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts.” Since the release of the ‘Mitchell Report’ in 2007, the MLB anti- doping program has done what it has seen to be the right decision in the battle against illegal performance enhancing drugs.

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“In a list by an anti- aging clinic in Miami, Florida,” Miami New Times reports, “prominent ballplayers were on it, such as Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzales, Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon, and Melky Cabrera.” The names were on records Miami New Times said were given to it by an employee who worked at Biogenesis of America before it closed last month. Miami New Times reported that the records show the firm sold performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids.

It is now up to the MLB Commissioners office to determine whether these accusations, evidence based or not, are fact or fallacy  All we do as baseball fans is wait. We wait for decisions and we now wait for judgement. Will their punishments be strict, fair? How will PED testing be changed because of this test? Now we wait. All I know is that A-rod, if linked, should never be allowed to be on the Hall of

Fame ballot after his career is over. This would be the SECOND TIME in 5 years he would be linked to PEDs. Let’s hope Major League baseball does the right thing here.

 

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Zack Greinke

You may be as puzzled as I was to see the Los Angeles Dodgers deal given to Zack Greinke last week: 6 years, $147 million (with a free agency option at the end of his 3rd season). With this new addition, the Dodgers now have the highest payroll in the league at $207.9 million. The first time since 1998 in which the New York Yankees did not have the highest payroll on Opening Day. But, is this deal really as crazy as one might think? Let us look at his statistics, career and 2012 season:
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Career: (9 seasons) 91-78, 3.77 ERA, 1332 K, 1.25 WHIP, 2009 AL Cy Young Award
2012 Season: 15-5*, 3.48 ERA, 200 K, 1.20 WHIP, with the Brewers and Angels

*He went 15-5 last season on two teams, and was 5-0 in his last five starts with the Angels. Let us now compare him to three pitchers:

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Salary: $23 million per year*
Career: (11 seasons) 191-102, 3.50 ERA, 2214 K, 1.22 WHIP
2012 Season: 15-6, 3.38 ERA, 197 K, 1.14 WHIP
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Matt Cain– 3-time All Star
Salary: $15 million per year
Career: (8 seasons) 85-78, 3.27 ERA, 1278 K, 1.17 WHIP
2012 Season: 16-5, 2.79 ERA, 193 K, 1.04 WHIP

Clayton Kershaw– 2011 NL Cy Young
Salary: $7.5 million per year
Career: (5 seasons) 61-37, 2.79 ERA, 974 K, 1.14 WHIP
2012 Season: 14-9, 2.53 ERA, 229 K, 1.02 WHIP

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*CC Sabathia signed the largest contract ever for a pitcher, Greinke’s contract is worth $1.5 million more.

When comparing win-loss records, Greinke, Cain, and Sabathia nearly have identical statistics, while Kershaw makes up for it with the lowest ERA of the group, 2.53, and the most K’s, 229.

Is Zack Greinke really worth $24.5 million per year? The answer is simply NO! The Dodgers are taking a new philosophy, one which has failed for them before, “the more you spend the better you will be”. For 5 years, $80 million, they could have signed free agent RHP Annibal Sanchez (2012: 9-13, 3.86 ERA) and for 4 years, $60 million, they could have obtained RHP Kyle Lohse (2012: 16-3, 2.86 ERA). Do the math, $140 million for two pitchers over the next five years, or for one pitcher with an opt- out clause after three.