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MLBPA Indicates Detroit Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta Will Not Be Suspended This Season

July 14, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) hits an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

According to reports, like this one from the AP that can be found at The Detroit News, the MLB players union has stated that potential suspensions stemming from the Biogenesis investigation will not be served this season.

Union head Michael Weiner says he expects Major League Baseball will notify the union of its plans for penalties in the next month, and the union will maintain that any discipline should not be announced until after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upholds a ban.

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Weiner says that because of the time needed to prepare and hold hearings, the case of any player challenging a penalty won’t be decided during this season.

If this is true, then it’s particularly good news for the Detroit Tigers organization for two reasons. (1) They won’t be needing to replace their All-Star shortstop during the pennant run with either Ramon Santiago or Danny Worth (or an expensive alternative in a trade), and (2) if he’s going to be suspended in 2014, well, the Tigers can simply allow his contract to expire in the offseason and exlpolre alternatives (or try to re-sign him at a deep, deep discount).

The concern of the Detroit fanbase was that Jhonny Peralta would be handed a suspension in the coming months, that the Tigers wouldn’t be able to properly plan for it, or that a suitable replacement would be cost prohibitive, but it appears as though the team will be able to stay well in front of the suspensions. The season won’t be ruined by a 50-game ban this year, and they’ll likely have much more information to go on as they look toward a potential re-sign in the offseason.

Topics: Biogenesis, Detroit Tigers, Jhonny Peralta

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  • rings13

    Keep in mind this report is from MLBPA from their point of view…it likely means the suspensions will be announced now, but appealed and wouldn’t SERVE until next year due to the arbitration schedule…UNLESS a player chooses not to appeal.
    The final point is a HUGE issue for Peralta as a pending free agent coming off a “career year.” He can choose to serve it this year, like Melky did last year, in hopes of getting paid next year (but likely earn the ire of the union for not fighting with the rest of the players)…OR, he can appeal with all the other players & play the season for a WS win, but cost himself $$ for next year because his new team will lose him for 50 games or so and will therefore receive much smaller/shorter offers….OR the Tigers can make a deal to extend him now, so he doesn’t have to worry about “next year.”
    Assuming he is part of the group to be penalized – and the Tigers don’t make him a deal – he’s in a very tough spot because he’s either going to cost himself a lot of money or forever burn his bridge in Detroit.

    • chrisHannum

      I think your point is a very good one, especially if his suspension is for fewer than 50 games and/or he doesn’t think he has a shot in an appeal. From his personal perspective, his free agent appeal would be hurt much more by a suspension yet unserved.

      • http://tomaroonandgold.blogspot.com Matt Snyder

        I don’t think the union would like it if a few players decided not to appeal. It could make it appear as an admission of guilt, possibly damaging the appeal cases of other players.

    • louwhitaker

      I assume he is not paid during the suspension, so if he chooses not to appeal he is losing about 30% of this year’s salary. Also, he is showing himself not to be a team player, and very possibly damaged goods (how much of his increased performance this year is the meds?). And of course he loses any chance that he might win his day in court. Acquiescing to the suspension also has significant costs.