MLB notes: MLB reportedly rejects two-tiered PED punishment system

MLB commissioner Bud Selig has said he would like to see harsher penalties, including a 100-game...

MLB commissioner Bud Selig has said he would like to see harsher penalties, including a 100-game ban for first-time violators. (REUTERS)

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Major League Baseball has reportedly rejected a proposal from the MLB Players Association for a two-tiered penalty system for PED use.

The union proposed a system whereby players who intentionally use drugs would receive harsher punishment than those who use unintentionally.

The MLB has “no interest” in such a plan, according to Fox Sports.

The current system includes a 50-game ban for first-time offenders, a 100-game ban for second-time offenders and a lifetime ban for a third offense.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig has said he would like to see harsher penalties, including a 100-game ban for first-time violators and a lifetime ban for repeat offenders.

The league thinks a two-tiered system would be impractical and that it would be too difficult to establish which players used intentionally and which did not, according to the report.

HOCHEVAR TO BULLPEN

The Kansas City Royals have followed one perplexing decision with another.

Despite signing Luke Hochevar to a one-year, $4.56-million contract to avoid arbitration in the off-season, the Royals are moving the right-hander from a starting role to the bullpen.

The No. 1 overall pick in 2006 has a 5.39 career ERA in 771 innings. Hochevar, 28, went 8-16 last season with a 5.73 ERA in 185.1 innings.

BOESCH DONE IN DETROIT

After three years of solid service with the Detroit Tigers, Brennan Boesch was released by the team Wednesday.

The Tigers and Boesch avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.3-million deal back in January but releasing the right fielder now allows Detroit to save $1.9 million.

After hitting .283 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs in 2011, Boesch’s production dipped last season as he hit .240 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs.

BREWERS PONY UP

Carlos Gomez got a nice payday from the Milwaukee Brewers.

The centre-fielder agreed to a three-year, $24-million contract with the team that starts in 2014. He’s slated to earn $4.3 million this year.

Gomez had a career year at the plate in 2012, hitting .260 with 19 homers and 37 steals in 137 games.

HERRMANN’S OUTTA HERE

Cleveland Indians reliever Frank Herrmann’s season is over.

The right-hander was shut down early in spring training and underwent reconstructive elbow surgery Wednesday.

Herrmann spent much of last season in triple-A, but posted a 2.33 earned-run average and 0.828 WHIP in 19.1 innings pitched for the Indians in 2012.


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