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MLB News: Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta has accepted a 50-game PED suspension

Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta has reportedly accepted a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. The long-awaited news has been first broken by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Peralta, a long-time member of the Cleveland Indians, was found to have purchased performance-enhancing drugs from the much-discussed Biogenesis clinic, will miss the bulk of the 2013 season. He was in the midst of a year that saw him provide a slash line of .305/.361/.461 with 11 home runs and 54 runs batted in. The 31-year-old shortstop will be a free agent this winter, leading to speculation that the player decided to not appeal his suspension, preferring to not hinder his market value heading into 2014.

In an official statement on the matter, Peralta says that he “made a terrible mistake” in the spring of 2012. “I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgement and I accept my suspension,” he said.

The Tigers are currently three games up on the Indians in the AL Central and are already potentially without third baseman Miguel Cabrera who is suffering from hip issues. Peralta will be eligible to return for the post-season in the event that the Tigers are one of the five teams that will represent the American League. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters that no decision has been made about the shortstop’s eventual return.

“[Peralta] broke the rules and he has to pay the price for it,” Dombrowski said.

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  • Kevin Huyghe

    I’m curious, what is the time frame of all of this Biogenesis stuff? There is no way in hell that Jhonny was on PEDs when he played for us.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    So these guys will all be back in time for the playoffs. LoL grrrrrreat. I’m pissed about Nelson Cruz I can’t afford to lose him on two of my fantasy teams. I’m calling him now to advise his new agents that we should appeal.

  • mgbode

    how many fantasy baseball teams do you have? and you don’t call yourself a fantasy geek 😉

  • Kevin Huyghe

    So here’s a thought.. to make this more fair. Since the teams that employ these players have been benefiting all year from their illegal activity, we should subtract the player’s WAR from the teams wins. According to Baseball Reference’s metric, Peralta has a 3.5 WAR. Let’s round that down to 3, and we have a tie in the standings.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    LoL you wanna explode the planet?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Just six lol why is that to many? I cut down too. Once upon a time I played in $$ leagues but I couldn’t take the people who quit halfway through because they were losing. Now I just play free on Yahoo.

  • mgbode

    nothing wrong if that’s how you roll, but you gotta just accept the “geek” status that goes with it 🙂

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Sssssssshhhhh keep it on the DL (down low) I don’t want bobby coming in here and verbally assaulting me. One topic was enough. I’m old I can’t multitask like I used to. Isn’t that the first sign…not being able to multitask? 😉

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Thank God for keepers. We do six in my money league, so I shipped off Nelson Cruz just over the weekend along with Chris Sale and Jared Burton… picked up Mark Trumbo, Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth, and Edward Mujica for my troubles, but the best part is that none of those guys can crack my top-six. Oh, and I have Bartolo Colon who will NOT be suspended after all. I’m a happy camper today.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yea I’m not in any kind of leagues that allow carry overs heck 99% of the time I just start fresh in a public league with random people. Not many deals are done but in baseball you can make way with free agent pick-ups. I did it last year and have done it again this season with Will Myers.

    Funny you mentioned Trumbo because I just traded for him last week in a roto league I’m leading. Nice week he put together.

    As far as Colon goes he already served a suspension so he was clear through double jeopardy. Gio Gonzalez the same. Colon must be on something though the way he’s throwing this season. Anti-aging pills or something.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Oh I agree… Colon was a mid-season pickup for me and he’s been great, but I have no intentions of keeping him as I see him either declining or getting busted next year. I like Trumbo, but I’m actually trying to flip him for V-Mart right now. Martinez is hot, I need an upgrade at catcher in a big way (currently starting John Buck/Miguel Montero), and I can keep Ian Desmond or Zach Greinke for my sixth spot instead of Trumbo.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Mid-season pickup as in trade? If otherwise wow. I agree on him. I like Trumbo always have in fact I remember when his name was bantered about on here prior to his emergence with the Angels. Victor has been swinging it well hopefully his bat cools starting tonight otherwise he’ll more then pick up the slack for a suspended Peralta. I can envision VMart haunting his old team. I had Buck on one squad cut him lose when I added Lucroy. I’d definitely keep Greinke over Desmond but that’s just me.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Picked up Colon as a free agent, but I got him right as he was starting to pitch well… so maybe more like early season than mid-season pickup.

    Forgot about Granderson… if he finishes with a strong 2 months, he may be in the mix too. Greinke scares the crap out of me… he’s been good but his head seems like it’s held together with Scotch tape. I’m always waiting for him to just lose it. Desmond is still young enough that his improvement may continue to build, so I have some optimism there. So my keepers are looking like: Goldschmidt 1B, Kipnis 2B, Beltre 3B, Bumgarner SP, Darvish SP, and one of Greinke/Desmond/Granderson. I’m pretty happy with that.

  • mgbode

    I would have picked Sale over any of those 3 guys myself.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Sale also scares me. I hate his throwing motion… I’m worried that he’s headed for TJS. Also, it seems like it could be a few years before that White Sox lineup can actually get him some wins.

  • Harv 21

    I realize Peralta did not fail a drug test, but wish even an agreed penalty would include ineligibility for the post-season. Hope they at least test him while he’s suspended to make sure results are back in time for the playoffs. Just to make sure Jhonny doesn’t accidentally swallow a barbeque-sauce additive at a soiree hosted by Chris Perez’s ageless dog which Jhonny never dreamed is banned by the league.

  • mgbode

    got him 17 last year and he pitched better this season. wins are terrible like that (as discussed yesterday).

    Sale scares me also. Mostly because he pitches in the division (I figure most SP need surgery at some point, so I don’t worry about it. He’s 24yo, so he’s young and likely can recover from TJS if he ever needs it).

  • Vindictive_Pat

    True, but the White Sox had a better offense last year. Konerko and Rios were much better. They’re heading head-first into a rebuild, which makes Sale comparable to King Felix during his time in Seattle. His team could never get him wins, so that’s my worry for Sale. For top pitchers, wins are more predictable than you might think. You used to be able to pencil Sabathia in for 15-20 every year. Ditto Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay. I don’t think it’d be crazy to say that I can expect 5 more wins from Greinke next season compared to Sale.

  • mgbode

    Lee is a bad example (very Felix like):

    Lee ace seasons (from ’08): 22,14,12,17,6,10+

    But, yes, guys like Halladay and CC who often go deep into games have more predictable win counts.

    ——————–

    I agree that the White Sox offense has fallen apart, but I’m not sure if it’ll stay that way. They are shedding some contracts for 2014 (~$30mil less than this year), but they really shed them for 2015 season (~$60-70mil less than this year). Next offseason, Chicago may be able to take their pick of players.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You must have gotten Colon earlier because by the AS break he was already doing well.

    I sat on Granderson in a couple leagues thanks to DL spot. Fortunately my best team which just lost Cruz was one of them.

    You have a few of my favorite guys in Goldie, Kipper and Madbum. Darvish is a beast. Nice set of keepers. That last spot, for me, would be between the Grandy man and Grienke. I’ve always been a Zack man myself ever since he was a rookie with KC. I’m guessing SP must be kept by your opponents. If so Greinke would edge Granderson for me.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Felix Hernandez has a bigger beef about wins the way his bullpen has lost him games this year.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’d rather have Greinke with the Dodgers surrounding cast then Sale with the White Sox any day.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    They’ll have to spend I don’t think their minors are that deep are they?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Good point about Lee, I got lazy and didn’t look up his win totals… just guessed. At any rate, I think the point is probably moot… I had to give up a keeper-caliber guy in order to get 4 players who are all upgrades over my current starters at those spots (assuming I flip Trumbo for V-Mart) to make a run for the money this year. If I’m in 9th-12th place I doubt I make that trade and likely just hold onto Sale and see what happens.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Cruz was having a huge year by his standards… whether or not that was induced by steroids remains to be seen. If you had the DL spot available, that was smart to sit on Granderson. He’s a top-20 talent when healthy.

  • Steve

    Suspended players are subject to extra testing.

    And while it helps us if he misses the postseason, I don’t think we want to get caught in a web where we don’t follow the collective bargained rules.

  • Harv 21

    Yes, but I don’t know if they’re tested while still out of uniform, which is my point. It takes a while for those tests to come back.

    There’s one Detroit columnist that doesn’t want him back, though there’s no way Leyland and ownership feel the same way.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20130805/COL08/308050100/jhonny-peralta-detroit-tigers

  • mgbode

    not good enough. but, yes, I think they have the money to go out and spend for it. hopefully, they go and spend it on another set of Dunn & Danks.

  • mgbode

    yes, if you are making a move for this year, then I agree it makes sense. and, it’s not like Greinke is a bad keeper despite what I’m about to tell Sham.

  • simond

    since the tigers have played 109 games – that means there are 53 games remaining

    since peralta accepted a 50 game suspension, wouldnt he be eligible to play the last 3 games of the regular season?

  • Jaker

    When does the 50 game suspension begin? Tonight?

  • mgbode

    Greinke is 6yrs older, higher ERA & WHIP (in the NL), less SO (and less SO/IP), but he has a whole 2 more wins for the season.

    I like Greinke overall, but his SO’s are coming down and BB’s are going up. He sure looks like a candidate for a regressing SP as he hits 30yo.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I believe so… the Tigers tweeted out their starting lineup and Iglesias is starting over Peralta tonight and he’s not going to appeal the decision, so it looks like the 50 games start tonight: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9540755/mlb-bans-13-including-alex-rodriguez-new-york-yankees-2014

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Dunn and Danks was a great country group. “Save a horse ride a cowboy!”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    He doesn’t have Sale though so I was speaking from Granderson, Greinke or Desmond. If I had to choose between Sale and Greinke I’d go with Sale.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    His excuse he said he had an illness. I’d say the overall illness was greed but in the words of that great American Gordan Gekko, “Greed is good!”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Why you hatin’ on J-honny man? Just think if not for his cheating you wouldn’t get to see ex-BoSox great Iglesias tonight!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m no mathematician but I’d say you would be correct.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It should sadly Cruz already has the “na” next to him on my fantasy teams.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Keep an eye on #1 Jose Iglesias the next four days.

  • Steve

    Yes, they get tested while they are suspended.

    And Drew Sharp, ugh, what a hack. He’s the Skip Bayless of Detroit.

  • Jaker

    He should be in the talk for Rookie of the year. Won’t win it, but he’s up there

  • mgbode

    uh oh, another sign of old age. your memory is slipping. you said:

    “I’d rather have Greinke with the Dodgers surrounding cast then Sale with the White Sox any day.”

    then, just 2 posts later:

    “If I had to choose between Sale and Greinke I’d go with Sale.”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Listen bobby sorry my PTSD kicked in again…ok ok lets just end this, give me both.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I don’t know if I’d go that far but the immortal words of Sade he’s a “smooth operator!”

  • Natedawg86

    Totally agree, PLUS they are allowed to work out with team/play minor league while suspended. Suspension is supposed to affect the players ability and bring him down a little because he illegally brought himself up. I don’t see the disadvantage for the player as much, other than not being able to play on Major Leaue club.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m not surprised it’s really a joke. Even when baseball “cracks down” it’s not all that impressive. Once again the MLBPA shows it has the real coconuts while Bud and his band of boobs attempt to look credible on TV. Meanwhile after the cameras go off these same people retire to a private room to divvy up their billions laughing the entire way.