Puello, Valdespin Will Accept 50-Game Ban

According to Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan, Mets minor league OF Cesar Puello and IF-OF Jordany Valdespin have agreed to accept a 50-game ban for their connection to the Biogenesis clinic.

Puello had been linked to Biogenesis in the past, so his punishment is no surprise. But Valdespin was never mentioned in any previous report.

So Valdespin’s tumultuous summer just keeps getting worse.

Puello was enjoying the best season of his career this year, batting .328/.405/.550 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI for the Double-A Binghamton Mets, but now it appears his season is over. It will be interesting to see how the Mets handle him going forward.

Apparently, whatever Valdespin took didn’t kick in until he was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas at the All-Star Break. Jordany was raking to the tune of a .466/.533/.759 slash with 3 home runs and 24 RBI in 67 plate appearances. While with the major league club, Valdespin was batting only .188.





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  1. Dan B August 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    Studies have shown that the player most likely to take PEDs are borderline players, especially from poor backgrounds. Makes sense since they have more to win and less to lose then an established player. ARod is actually the exception except players like him are reported more and interest fans more. Until the players who don’t create a backlash against the players who do t!hen this will never stop.
  2. Wohjr August 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm
    Also former met f-Mart is on the list
  3. The King August 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm
    Time to DFA Mr. ‘Spin. He’s a punk.
  4. friend August 6, 2013 at 9:53 am
    Here’s one for those who love irony:

    Twelve PED offenders are not appealing. Alex Rodriquez is appealing.

  5. murph August 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    Almost all of the suspended players had been mentioned in press reports for months, but Valdespin was somewhat of a surprise. I wonder why that is.
    • friend August 7, 2013 at 10:20 am
      He fills the role of “player to be named later”?
      • NormE August 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm
        Great insight!