Padres’ Cabrera Suspended for 50-games
Well, it finally happened. Through all the speculation and wonder, the trivial concern and thought, the inevitable suspension of Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera is official and the veteran All-star will serve a 50-game punishment – effectively ending Cabrera’s 2013 season. Cabrera was having an all-star caliber season this year as well, leading the National League in stolen bases with 37 stolen bags while also batting .283 with 31 RBI and 4 homeruns.
The announcement of Cabrera’s suspension came via Major League Baseball’s office of the commissioner at 1:00pm EST (10:00am Pacific). Cabrera’s suspension has been speculated for the past few months following the investigation of several players’ links to the South Beach Florida Biogenisis PED scandal, a scandal that has also seen the suspension of former NL MVP Ryan Braun and Yankees All-star Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez faced the steepest penalty in the form of a ban for the remainder of this season and the next – essentially a two-year suspension from MLB. He will be eligible to play again either during the period he plans to appeal the suspension or at the start of the 2015 season.
Cabrera remained silent about his potential suspension throughout the last few weeks despite the gossip and turmoil that surrounded his playing time on the field. At the time of the announcement, it was unclear whether Cabrera would follow through with appealing his suspension which was handed down due to violating MLB’s Basic Agreement and Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Along with Cabrera, The Texas Ranger’s Nelson Cruz and Detroit Tigers Jhonny Peralta are also facing suspensions of 50-games and have yet to decide whether or not to appeal their punishments. It is speculated, however, that Cabrera will accept a 50-game suspension without appeal.
Along with the announcement of Cabrera’s suspension came the announcement that former Padres’ minor leaguer Fautino De Los Santos would also be suspended for 50 games. While De Los Santos was released from the Tucson Padres earlier this season, the pitcher is still rehabbing with the Padres organization in Arizona according to MLB.com’s own Corey Brock.
With the suspension of Cabrera, the Padres face a difficult task in replacing their All-star shortstop. Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes recently signed former Houston Astros’ shortstop Ronny Cedeño to a minor league contract as “an insurance policy” in the event of Cabrera’s suspension, but Cedeño’s numbers were not as stellar this season as Cabrera’s – Cedeño was batting .220 this season before being released. The Padres also have the option of placing Logan Forsythe or Alexi Amarista at shortstop if need be.
Thanks to an off-day Monday, the Padres still have time to decide how to post their roster and play the field. The Padres will continue their season Cabrera-less on Tuesday, August 6th against the Baltimore Orioles at Petco Park for the start of a two-game set.