Miguel Tejada accepted suspension to avoid Biogenesis inquiry

Jamie Squire

By accepting his 105-game amphetamines suspension, the veteran infielder escaped further punishment for connections to Biogenesis.

Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada was implicated in the Biogenesis scandal, but was able to avoid (further) punishment for his involvement by accepting his 105-game amphetamines suspension, reports Pedro Gomez of ESPN.

Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch reportedly provided Major League Baseball with evidence that Tejada was a customer of the now-shuttered clinic. With this knowledge and the positive amphetamine test -- the third of Tejada's career -- in hand, the league approached the former MVP with a lose-lose scenario: either accept the 105-game suspension without a fight or face even harsher punishment for your involvement with Biogenesis. Tejada went with the former.

Tejada tested positive for Adderall, a drug he has had medical clearance to use in the past, but his connection to Bosch seems to imply that he was in possession of more potent substances at one time or another.

A free agent at the end of the year, Tejada will likely have a very tough time getting a new contract over the winter. His suspension will force him to miss the first 64 games of 2014, so anyone interested in him will need to be willing to have him on the sidelines for the first two months of the season.

Tejada, 39, didn't play in the majors at all in 2011, but managed to make a pretty decent comeback with the Royals this year. He split time at second, third and first for KC, hitting .288/.317/.378 with three home runs in 53 games.

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