Via ESPN –
Weiner also said the commissioner’s office isn’t bound by the terms of the joint drug prevention and treatment program — which calls for 50- and 100-game suspensions and a lifetime ban for three failed drug tests — because the players involved in the Biogenesis case did not fail tests and are being investigated for “non-analytical” reasons.
Much of MLB’s case is being built on phone records, receipts and other information provided by Anthony Bosch, the founder of Miami-based Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
“In theory, [the players] could be suspended for five games or 500 games, and we could then choose to challenge that,” Weiner said. “The commissioner’s office is not bound by the scale we have in the basic agreement.”
A provision in the drug-testing agreement gives the commissioner’s office the latitude to announce suspensions before they are appealed if the cases are already public knowledge, but the union is expected to mount a challenge in the Biogenesis case.
Weiner indicated that the union will advocate that suspensions remain private and confidential until the players’ appeals before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz are complete.
A 500-game suspension? Really?