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What Braun’s Suspension Means For Other Players on Biogenesis List

Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Alex Rodriguez (Bleacher Report)

A lot has happened in the MLB over the last 24 hours, and it could get even more interesting in the weeks to come. The fact that Ryan Braun went to the Major League Baseball to negotiate a deal in which he would be suspended for the rest of the 2013 season, is not going to help the other players suspected in this Biogenesis case. The world wide leader is now reporting that Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, is now negotiating with MLB about a similar kind of punishment. A-Rod however will most likely face more of a punishment due to the fact that he has admitted to PED use in the past.

There are a lot of opinions on this whole situation, and whether you think Braun did the right thing or not, this is going to open up a can of worms for other players that were linked to Biogenesis. Ryan Braun was by far the biggest name on this list due to the fact that he is one of baseball’s top outfielders, he is in his prime, and he won the MVP two years ago and was involved in a PED scandal around the same time.

Alex Rodriguez may be the next biggest name, but at the point in his career, its not the same as Braun. But besides these two star players, what does this mean for players like Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez and Bartolo Colon? If the top player in this scandal came forward and admitted to being guilty, how can anyone believe that guys like Cruz and Colon are innocent?

Both the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics are in the playoff picture at this point, and they both look like they will be fighting with each other over a spot in the postseason. But with Braun coming clean and potentially A-Rod, there is going to be a lot of pressure on the other players. Cruz is a big bat in the Rangers lineup, and the signing of Manny Ramirez is definitely them preparing for the worst. The Rangers may be able to survive without Cruz considering how good their pitching is this year, but they will definitely take a hit offensively if Cruz is one of the next to fall.

The A’s, on the other hand, are in big trouble if they lose Colon. Colon, who is one of the best AL pitchers this season, is 13-3 with a 2.52 ERA. Those numbers are definitely suspicious for a 40-year-old pitcher, but besides that point, if the A’s were to lose their best pitcher, they would pretty much be done. They do not have the offense or pitching depth to beat the likes of the Rangers, Rays or Orioles to get in the playoffs.

It will be interesting to see how the dominoes fall in the next coming weeks, especially if more players come forward and negotiate their own deal with MLB. There could be many players and teams involved in this scandal which could impact the layout of the playoff picture. I wonder how the MLB Players Association feels about their players admitting to the wrong and negotiating suspensions. This is just the beginning and this could be something that is a major storyline for the remainder of the MLB season.

About Jared Smith - @shmity91

Freelance Production Assistant for Comcast Sportsnet and former New York Rangers intern. I have been a long life sports fan, and have always wanted to cover sports in the media or work in the front office for a team. Follow me on Twitter @ shmity91

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