Biogenesis scandal: Robinson Cano NOT in danger of suspension

Al Bello

The Yankees second baseman is not one of the twenty-some players that MLB will seek to punish for ties to Tony Bosch.

As news of potential Biogenesis punishments begins to trickle out, there is no indication that New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is in any danger of being suspended by Major League Baseball, reports John Harper of the New York Daily News.

Cano was tied to the Florida clinic a few weeks ago when the name of the spokeswoman for his foundation was discovered among the Biogenesis documents. MLB found no evidence of Cano's involvement in its initial investigation -- his spokeswoman had sought out an independent weight-loss consultation -- and there is no reason to believe that clinic director Anthony Bosch has told the league otherwise.

News broke on Tuesday that Bosch has come to an agreement with the league to testify against the players that he allegedly provided with performance-enhancing drugs, presumably in exchange for some sort of protection from further litigation. With the power of Bosch's testimony behind it, the league will seek to suspend Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and at least 20 other players for their connections to Biogenesis.

Though no positive drug tests exist, the league is reportedly looking to suspend A-Rod, Braun, and the rest of the Biogenesis crew for 100 games: 50 games for receiving PEDs from Bosch, and 50 games for lying to league investigators. When/if the league does decide to dole out 100-game punishments, they will have a battle on their hands with the MLB Players Association.

There is a clause in the Joint Drug Agreement that allows the commissioner to suspend players for "just cause" -- without a positive test -- but whether the league can prove to a third-party arbitrator that a 100-game punishment is justifiable remains to be seen. Selig and co. didn't have much luck last time they used arbitration in a drug case.

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