Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch has agreed to cooperate with MLB's investigation of the now infamous Miami PED distribution clinic. It is suspected that MLB will seek to suspend around 20 major league players. Who headlines the list? Ryan Braun. Alex Rodriguez is the other big name thrown out there, but currently, A-Rod is not even close to sniffing the field due to offseason hip surgery. Other names on the list include: Melky Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta, Nelson Cruz, Jesus Montero, Yasmani Grandal, Bartolo Colon, and Everth Cabrera.
The bottom line is that Ryan Braun will be suspended by Major League Baseball. He has slithered out of suspension before, but Braun won't get out of this one. However, there are still a ton of uncertainties. How long will the suspension be for? 100 games is the original rumor, yet nothing has been set in stone. How long will the investigation take? Bosch is working with MLB, which may speed up the process. I am not a lawyer, but I assume that before they trust Bosch's word and documentation, MLB must first make sure that both he and his proof are credible. How long will the appeal process take? We have seen Braun win an appeal for a failed drug test before and he will certainly try to fight any punishment handed down to him in this case. This could take months. MLB is moving closer and closer to nabbing these PED users, but it is not like when we wake up Thursday morning, Ryan Braun will be suspended for the rest of the season.
So, with all of that said, let's talk fantasy. If you have Ryan Braun on your team, do not freak out and trade him for two bats and a bag of balls. You drafted Braun with your top 3 pick and you cannot afford to give him away at a discount. If you don't have Ryan Braun on your fantasy team, try to trade for him! Hopefully the guy who owns Braun in your league is a fast-acting lunatic. Sure, trading for Braun would be a tad but risky, but boy would it pay off. I'm not advising you to offer Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, or Chris Davis. Have a little caution. But see if you can steal Braun for maybe a guy like Justin Upton, Jay Bruce, or Jose Bautista.
It will be a while until Ryan Braun is officially suspended. Be patient of you are a Braun owner and aggressive if you are a Braun buyer.
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