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Report: MLB, players union close to new deal that will increase PED penalties

According to a report in USA Today, Major League Baseball and the players association are on the verge of agreeing to a new, tougher drug policy that is expected to be finalized early next week.

The new drug policy would be the most stringent drug program in MLB history and would increase a first-time offense for a drug violation from a 50-game suspension to an 80-game suspension. A second offense would result in a 162-game suspension, up from the current 100-game penalty. A third offense will result in a lifetime suspension from the league.

According to the USA Today report, the new agreement will also implement widespread carbon isotope testing, with the goal being to dramatically increase the detection of a synthetic testosterone. Fourteen MLB players were suspended last season for receiving performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis, the South Florida wellness clinic, but none of those players failed a drug test.

In addition, the report states that players who tested positive because of inadvertent drug use, will now have their suspensions reduced from 50 games to 25.

Giants reliever -- and former property of the Red Sox -- Guillermo Mota was suspended 100 games in May 2012 for Clenbuterol, saying it was included in his cough medicine. ​
Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis was suspended 50 games in June 2012 for Clostebol Metabolite, which he insists contained foot cream.

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