Jon Heyman provided his opinion and interpretation on the latest happenings with Biogenesis, and Mets outfield prospect, Cesar Puello, is included. Obviously, this article is mostly focused on Alex Rodriguez because he’s likely going to get the biggest suspension, but here’s what Heyman said in his latest article:
The nine or so Biogenesis-linked players who may take deals in the next day or two: Mariners catcher Jesus Montero; Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta; Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz; Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli; Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera; minor leaguers Jordan Norberto, Fernando Martinez, Fautino de los Santos and Cesar Puello.
One can only imagine what these deals would be. If I had to guess, it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 games.
This would be an unfortunate turn of events for Puello, who is having a breakout season with Double-A Binghamton. His success with the B-Mets has been well-documented on MetsMinors.net, as he’s hitting .328/.405/.550 with 16 home runs, 73 RBIs, 21 doubles, 24 stolen bases, and 63 runs scored.
We can only hope for the best at this point, but the waiting game appears to be over. The fate of Puello’s immediate future is now on the horizon.
Thoughts from Joe D.
If there’s a 50 game suspension, serve it, go play some Winter Ball, and show up to Spring Training ready to battle for a corner outfield starting job. Chances are, Puello will start the season in Las Vegas anyway, but his stay there will be short and I’m thinking pretty damn sweet.
I’m thinking it will be less than 50 games because there’s no failed test results and if he were to appeal I can’t see how MLB would win. But lets see what happens…
The good news is that he’s been getting tested regularly for the last 15 months and has come up clean everytime. His hitting coach and manager both refuted the notion that his numbers were not legit when we asked. And sorry coach, but we had to ask…
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