Sources for USA Today's Bob Nightengale and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post confirm MLB will announce suspensions related to the Biogenesis PED investigation on Monday. All players involved, including the Tigers' Jhonny Peralta, have been given a deadline of 6 PM Sunday to either accept a suspension or give notice they plan to appeal.
MLB has finally set on this coming Monday as a self-imposed deadline to make the oft-delayed announcement. Any 50 game suspension from that point on would still allow the punished players to return in time for post season play.
As many as eight players will be hit with 50 game suspensions, all considered first time offenders under the Joint Drug Agreement. The biggest names expected to be suspended from their teams without pay are Peralta and the Rangers' Nelson Cruz.
The lone holdout in the Biogenesis mess remains the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, which has forced MLB to continually move back their announcement of the suspensions. MLB would prefer to to ban Rodriguez for life, but will accept a suspension through the end of the 2014 season. From all accounts, Rodriguez is going to fight any punishment levied by MLB, refusing to take what is essentially a plea offer.
The Tigers have already prepared for the likely extended absence of their incumbent shortstop by trading for one of the best glove men in the game as part of a three-way deal with Red Sox and White Sox, acquiring rookie Jose Iglesias. The newest Tiger appeared in his first game Friday night. Iglesias took over for injured Miguel Cabrera at third base, playing next to the man he is going to replace on Monday, Peralta.