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A fresh report from T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN.com says that suspensions related to the scandal surrounding Tony Bosch and his BioGenesis clinic, in which Melky Cabrera has been implicated, may be very shortly in the offing:

Commissioner Bud Selig’s office is expected to suspend Braun and Rodriguez, along with as many as 20 players sometime after next week’s All-Star break, several sources told “Outside the Lines.” As OTL reported, MLB started building cases against the players last month after Bosch agreed to cooperate with investigators.

I wrote about the possibility of Melky not being protected by the notion of double jeopardy last month, and it certainly still seems plausible, given the way MLB intends to go after the big fish, Braun and Rodriguez.

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doublejeopardy

The primary focus of the latest twist in the BioGenesis story has been the implications it may have for Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, two true superstars in the game who have, so far, escaped punishment for any alleged PED usage, despite the pungent stink of ‘roids taint that surrounds their every step. I suppose it’s understandable why that’s the angle most explored, but to me, and I would assume to every Blue Jays fan, by far the most fascinating thing is how Melky Cabrera, and others who served 50-game suspensions that ended his 2012 season, has continued to be listed among those potentially facing punishment.

Melky, quite rightly, certainly believes that the matter should be closed, telling Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today following yesterday’s game in San Francisco that “I don’t know anything about it. This is the first I hear of it. If they suspend me again, I think that would be a harsh punishment because I already served my sentence. But it’s up to them. I believe I’ve already served my sentence, especially missing the playoffs. That’s what hurt me the most.”

That’s precisely where Alex Anthopoulos was at during Spring Training, telling Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, “My understanding is there’s no issue. My understanding is that, as of today, we really don’t have anything to be concerned with. He served a suspension and right now, that’s it. His suspension has been served.”

As of today– an Anthopoulos classic that gives just enough of a speck of daylight for things to change dramatically without him ever having been technically wrong on the issue. And wrong he still might be, unfortunately.

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Toronto Blue Jays v Atlanta Braves

Here are two things that have no business being lumped together, but which I will anyway because I’m not prepared to write a full post about either:

One, Gregor Chisholm was the first to tweet out this nugget regarding the Jays’ most recent DL case:

That’s terrific news, even if Ortiz isn’t exactly the most valuable pitcher the Jays have floating around the fringes of their roster (though, actually, maybe he is). You never want to see anybody go out the way it appeared as though he had back on Sunday night.

Aaaaand two, it’s some bad news for some MLB superstars, and “others”– who technically, don’t forget, could include Melky Cabrera:

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Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

Surely by now you’ve heard about the “report”– or whatever you want to call it– that surfaced yesterday at a site called Dog And Pony Show, where writer Joe Bisceglie has given us his word– and not a whole hell of a lot else– that A-Rod, Robinson Cano, Ryan Braun, and Curtis Granderson will all be suspended for failed PED tests this season.

It’s a motherfucker of a bold claim, and would be a hell of a thing, if true– a Yankee-derailing possibility certain Jays fans must be salivating over– but… is there really value in making the effort to envision a world in which this is something that’s really about to go down? Absolutely not.

I mean, I don’t want to pretend I’m so offended by the quasi-journalism of it that I couldn’t possibly even hold my nose long enough to acknowledge the fact that this stuff is out there– there’s a lot that’s interesting going on in this story, regardless– but there’s just isn’t nearly enough information, or corroboration from additional sources, of what he’s telling us, to start doing something crazy like actually believing it.

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Melky Vday

Welp. Seems like every member of the Jays’ staff is already on ludicrous ol’ Dunedin time, because it was at 7:01 AM this morning (which is a time that, apparently, exists) that my inbox was hit with a release from the club– and not just any old we sold out the home opener bit of typical PR babble.

As you’ve probably read elsewhere, Melky Cabrera finally talked about PED stuff, then said he was through talking about it. Like, forever-ish. For the sake of completeness, here’s the full statement:

“Last season ended for me when I admitted taking a banned substance and accepted and served my punishment of a 50 game suspension. Since that day, my goals have been to serve my punishment and to put that mistake behind me, and to work hard to be the best baseball player I can be. At the end of last season, when it became clear that I would win the batting title despite my positive test, I asked the Players Association and MLB to make sure a more deserving player won, and I am very happy that my former teammate Buster Posey won that award instead of me.

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When the Miami New Times broke the story of Biogenesis this week, including dealings that the Jays’ big off-season signing, Melky Cabrera, had with the allegedly corrupt anti-aging clinic, it seemed as though nothing terribly new was uncovered.

The earliest date associated with Melky’s use in the original New Times story was in December of 2011. Cabrera, we know, was found to have elevated levels of testosterone during the 2012 season, was suspended for the violation of MLB’s drug policy, and has already served his fifty games.

Today, however, while we don’t have anything new linking the All-Star Game MVP to particular substances or regimens, we see that his relationship with the clinic may go back farther than was initially reported. The New Times has published what they call The Melky Files– a chronicle of all the times that Cabrera’s name appears in notebooks obtained from the clinic– and it turns out that the first notebooks he’s mentioned in were labelled “2009″.

The overlay in the image above came from one of these notebooks, along with two other similarly non-specific mentions of his name in 2009 and one more in 2010.

So, what do we make of this?

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Obviously, given the fact that he ended the year suspended, and bizarrely attempted to create a website that would make it look as though he had inadvertently taken a banned substance, a link between the Jays’ big off-season free agent splash, Melky Cabrera, and PEDs is hardly shocking.

Seeing a reference to his “cocktail of drugs,” perhaps is, though.

Reading him called a “slugger” definitely is, and it’s about there where one might start wondering– fairly or not– about how players’ drug use is being characterized in the explosive new Miami New Times article that implicates Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, and many others in having procured performance enhancing drugs from an allegedly corrupt anti-aging clinic in Miami.

Here’s the section of the piece pertaining to Cabrera:

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