Major League Baseball are closing in on an agreement with the player's union to increase the severity of bans for performance-enhancing drug offenses, reports CBSSports.

Under the new guidelines, a player caught using performance-enhancing drugs would face an 80-game suspension if it is a first offence. The ban goes up to 162-games for a second offence and a lifetime ban would be given for a third.

Under the current rules, which were agreed in 2005, a first-time offender is expected to get a 50-game ban while a second-time offender gets 100. 

The call for change comes in the light of the Biogenesis case, which resulted in the suspension of 14 players, most infamously New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

His 162-game ban could have been much worse under these new proposed rule after being judged to be the protagonist in the anti-ageing clinic scandal.

The race is on the find an agreement before the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres start the first North American series of the 2014 season.

“I’m all for it,” Yankees captain Derek Jeter said to reporters on Wednesday about the changes. “Our testing is the toughest in sports, and now it’s going to be even more strict. I think baseball deserves credit for the strides they’ve made in testing and penalties. I’m all for it.”

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