Via Jon Heyman: MLB investigators are convinced there will be at least some suspensions handed down in the wake of their investigation into the South Florida performance-enhancing drug hub Biogenesis. League officials believe they could announce the suspensions before the appeals process begins even though the Joint Drug Agreement says otherwise.
The lack of failed tests means MLB will build their case around “non-analytical positives” and require a ton of corroborating evidence. Former Biogenesis chief Anthony Bosch recently agreed to cooperate with the investigation in exchange for a variety of things, but not before allegedly trying to extort a six-figure payout from Alex Rodriguez. The league also met with primary whistle-blower Porter Fischer on three occasions according to Tim Elfrink. MLB is looking to suspend upwards of 20 players, but the appeals process will take time regardless of when the announcement is made.