The PED allegations surrounding Alex Rodriguez in a recent report by Tim Elfrink of the Miami News Times have dominated the headlines, but he is far from the only player who could be impacted by the report. In fact, given that he was already expected to miss at least the first half of the season with hip surgery and that his production was way down last season any way, Rodriguez is not even the best active player to be named in the report. Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz and Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez were named as well, and could face suspension on what is known as a non-analytic positive, wherein a player does not physically test positive but there is strong enough secondary evidence to warrant a suspension. Rick Ankiel and Jordan Schafer are two examples of players who have been suspended without a positive test, and Cruz and Gonzalez could join them in the weeks and months ahead. Turning attention away from the report for a minute, let's take a look at how a 50-game suspension to those two players would impact their teams for the upcoming season.
How 50-Game Suspensions for Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez Would Impact 2013 Races
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