BREAKING NEWS: Braun, Cano, A-Rod, Granderson all suspended for PEDs?

Reid Contini - RotoBaller

Curtis Granderson running 2011Here is some potentially HUGE breaking news released by earlier today.

RotoBaller will be monitoring this story 24x7 - and are available to discuss, consult, and answer any questions you may have about this matter as you prepare for your fantasy baseball drafts.'s Fantasy Analysis:

A potential bombshell report is beginning to circulate the internet claiming that Ryan Braun, Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez will all be suspended 50 games this season for a failed PED test.

The initial source of the information is Joe Bisceglie, sports beat writer for the eclectic website Dog and Pony Show; he claims an anonymous source texted him yesterday with the information. It’s understandable to wonder “Joe who? Dog and Pony what?” but giving him some credibility here is the fact that last season this same source provided Bisceglie with the Melky Cabrera PED suspension story, which Bisceglie then tweeted a full month before it hit mainstream media outlets.

Braun, Rodriguez and Cabrera were all named in the recent PED scandal at an anti-aging clinic in Miami, and all three have been associated with steroid use in the past. Following the 2011 season Braun had a positive PED test overturned on a chain-of-custody technicality, while Rodriguez has admitted to previous steroid use and Cabrera was suspended 50 games by MLB last season for a positive test. Any links Cano may have to PEDs are tenuous at best, and largely have to do with his close personal relationships with Rodriguez and Cabrera. Granderson, meanwhile, has never been linked to PEDs.

If true, this story will shake both the sport of baseball and upcoming fantasy drafts to the core. Both Braun and Cano are first-round picks in redraft leagues, but if suspended they will obviously fall in draft rankings. Braun’s stock in particular would take a significant hit both fantasy-wise and in real life, all but certainly placing an asterisk next to his 2011 MVP campaign and casting a pall over what has thus far been a Hall of Fame caliber career. Granderson would take a smaller hit from a fantasy perspective, as he is already out into early May with a broken arm; since the Yankees outfielder would be able to serve his suspension while on the disabled list, he’d probably be looking at a relatively modest 15-20 additional games missed. And Rodriguez is already out for a large portion of the season following hip surgery, so a suspension would have little to no impact on his draft slot.

Stay tuned to for constant updates on this developing story. IF this holds true and the news is confirmed, then RotoBaller will be updating all of our fantasy baseball rankings...