Report: MLB hopes for new drug-testing agreement this week
Major League baseball players and management hope to reach a new drug agreement which would increase penalties for steroids and decrease suspensions for some positive tests caused by unintentional use, reports the Associated Press.
The report states that the agreement would likely be put in place by the time the Los Angeles Dodgers play at the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Currently under the MLB Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, players who are busted for drugs on the sport's banned list get a 50-game ban for a first offense, a second offense will get player a 100-game suspension and a third positive test results in a lifetime ban from MLB.
There are more than 100 drugs and stimulants that are on the banned list.
According to the report, the new drug agreement would not allow suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez to earn almost $4 million during his season-long ban.