Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez may be out, but a new batch of Major League Baseball players is reportedly listed in the records of the Biogenesis of America clinic in Miami. Two San Diego Padres players are now a part of the investigation that has once again turned professional baseball upside down.
San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera is the biggest name of the five new players listed while newly acquired reliever Fautino De Los Santos was also mentioned. Cabrera led the National League with 44 stolen bases last season and is a rising star in the Padres organization. He batted .246 with two home runs, 43 runs batted in, 19 doubles and three triples in 398 plate appearances. His numbers from last year have stayed very consistent with his statistics over the past three years, which means performance enhancing drugs are unlikely.
De Los Santos was claimed off waivers by San Diego two weeks ago after the Milwaukee Brewers decided not to re-sign him. The Brewers acquired the right-hander in a trade with the Oakland Athletics for catcher George Kottaras last season, but De Los Santos never played in the big leagues with them. The 27-year-old has appeared in 40 games over the past two years in which six of those games occurred in 2012. He has a career 4.21 earned run average with 46 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings.
Several reports indicate that just because these players were on the list as having received performance enhancing drugs does not necessarily mean they actually took them. Cabrera was projected to be San Diego’s starting shortstop and leadoff hitter in 2013, but obviously, that could all change depending on what MLB uncovers during their investigation.