Around 20 MLB players—including stars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun—could soon be suspended for their ties to the Miami clinic at the center of a long-brewing performance-enhancing drug scandal, inside sources tell ESPN's Outside the Lines. Clinic founder Tony Bosch is reported to have reached an agreement with the league to verify the names of the athletes to whom the now-closed Biogenesis of America supplied PEDs; he'll also reportedly provide supporting documentation. In response, sources say, the MLB will drop its lawsuit against Bosch, indemnify him against any liability, and even provide him with personal security. Bosch's cooperation has been corroborated by the AP.
Bosch, who previously denied any knowledge of the PEDs, is reportedly set to begin sharing info with lawyers and investigators on Friday; assuming the league gets the evidence it needs, the suspensions announcement could come within two weeks. The suspensions may be for as long as 100 games, says ESPN, the penalty generally reserved for second doping offenses. The argument is that the players' connection to Bosch is an offense in and of itself, and their previous denials of that connection to league officials is the second. (Read more Tony Bosch stories.)