Commissioner Bud Selig called for tougher penalties for major leaguers who violate the sport’s drug agreement, a move the union is willing to consider but not for this season.
Selig said last year’s positive drug test for All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera and allegations players received banned substances from a now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic helped lead him to seek stiffer penalties.
He declined to give specifics, saying MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred and players’ union head Michael Weiner will meet.
MLB and the union started urine testing with an anonymous survey in 2003 and added penalties in 2004, when a first offense resulted in counseling. A 10-day suspension for a first offense was instituted for 2005, and the current discipline structure has been in place since the 2006 season: 50 games for an initial PEDs infraction, 100 games for a second and a lifetime ban for a third. No player has reached the third level.
The initial penalty for a stimulants offense is follow-up testing, with a 25-game penalty for a second violation, 80 games for a third and the discipline for additional offenses to be determined by the commissioner under a “just cause” standard.
ANGELS: Renewed the contract of AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout for $510,000, prompting an angry response from the outfielder’s agent.
Craig Landis said his client was disappointed with the decision. The salary is $20,000 above the major league minimum.
“During the process, on behalf of Mike, I asked only that the Angels compensate Mike fairly for his historic 2012 season, given his service time,” Landis said in a statement. “In my opinion, this contract falls well short of a ‘fair’ contract and I have voiced this to the Angels throughout the process.”
• Albert Pujols told the Los Angeles Times that his surgically repaired right knee will not prevent him from being ready for the season opener.
Pujols underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee in October, what he considered a minor cleanup procedure. He’s been taking batting practice, fielding grounders and doing jogging on a treadmill during spring training.