MLB could increase PED penalties

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have been in discussions this week and increasing the penalties for performance enhancing drug use seems to be on the agenda, according to Jon Morosi.

The discussions come in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal, which saw the eventual suspension of 14 players.

12 of those players received 50-game bans, the penalty for first-time offenders under the current agreement. Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez both received more than 50 game punishments. 

Under the current agreement, "a player who tests positive for a Performance Enhancing Substance, or otherwise violates the Program through the use or possession of a Performance Enhancing Substance" is subject to a 50-game suspension for a first violation; a 100-game suspension for a second violation; and a permanent suspension from Major League Baseball for a third violation.

The MLB has been looking to get tougher on drug use in the sport as the league's reputation has taken a huge hit following the "steroid era."

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