To use PEDs or not to use PEDs: a cost benefit analysis with math and everything

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Catherine Rampell of the New York Times’ “Economix” blog has a post up attempting to quantify the cost-benefit analysis that goes into a baseball player’s choice to use PEDs
or not and speculates about how the system can be re-jiggered so as to
further disincentivize drug use. Anyone who has thought about this
stuff for any length of time is aware of the general arguments even if
they haven’t done any of the actual math, but it’s probably worth a
read anyway. The best quote, though, is an aside about the assumptions
that go into her equations:

Now these numbers are obviously all made up (and no one gets signed
to $10 million deals off the street, I imagine). And players surely
care about things other than their paycheck — love of the game, fans,
Cooperstown, etc.

That sound you hear is Scott Boras firing off an angry letter to the
New York Times’ editor telling him just how wrong Ms. Rampell is about
all of those things.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.

Raisel Iglesias injured elbow and hips falling in the shower

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Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 14 and now we know why. He injured his right elbow and both hips falling in the shower three weeks ago, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He has had anti-inflammatory shots applied in both areas and he’ll be be shut down from pitching for a few more days.

Iglesias might not be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Bryan Price. Iglesias, however, thinks otherwise. He said, “I’m going to be OK. I’m probably going to throw one bullpen, and after that, mentally and physically, I’ll be ready to join the season and compete.”

Price said throughout the offseason that he intended to pick his closer according to the matchups rather than naming one official closer. As a result, this injury likely doesn’t change much except that Michael Lorenzen, Drew Storen, and Tony Cingrani may get a few more early season save chances if Iglesias doesn’t start the season on time.

Iglesias, 27, finished last season with a 2.53 ERA and an 83/26 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings across five starts and 32 relief appearances.