By now baseball fans are very familiar with the word “Biogenesis” and the subsequent suspensions being handed down to players as a result of their involvement with the company. A shocking similarity is starting to form when looking at the players being suspended and the agency that has represented them.
As of this morning, MLBTradeRumors is sharing reports from various sources claiming twelve players have accepted suspensions handed down by Major League Baseball for their involvement with Biogenesis.
The list currently: Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers, Jhonny Peralta – Detroit Tigers, Everth Cabrera – San Diego Padres, Antonio Bastardo – Philadelphia Phillies, Jordany Valdespin – New York Mets, Sergio Escalona – Houston Astros, Francisco Cervelli – New York Yankees, Jesus Montero – Seattle Mariners, Cesar Puello – New York Mets (Minor Leaguer), Fautino De Los Santos – San Diego Padres (Minor Leaguer), Fernando Martinez – Houston Astros, Jordan Norberto – Oakland Athletics
Nelson Cruz announced this morning that he had changed agencies from ACES to Wasserman Media Group, a move that is not uncommon and normally does not raise any flags.
However, that agency – ACES – has been popping up a lot lately.
They were the agency that represented, and were accused of assisting in a cover-up for, Melky Cabrera. They are also connected to Gio Gonzalez, who has been linked to Biogenesis but not named in the suspension list as of yet. Add to those two names Jhonny Peralta, Jesus Montero, Fautino De Los Santos, Jordany Valdespin, Antonio Bastardo, Sergio Escalona and Cesar Puello and you’ve got a staggering number of clients being accused of using performance enhancing drugs.
What does all of this mean? It may not mean anything at all. ACES is a large agency with a fairly large amount of clients (107 baseball players are listed in MLBTR’s Agency Database as represented by ACES). Maybe it suggests that the clients were brought together by a common event. Maybe it suggests that someone at ACES has planted the seed that Biogenesis could help their clients.
Either way, I would guess that Major League Baseball may further investigate the agency before all the smoke clears.