Jose Reyes and Alex Rodriguez aren’t the only ones on the feds’ list. Turns out that Mets
center fielder Carlos Beltran spoke with federal investigators
last week about Dr. Galea, the Canadian doctor accused of selling unapproved
drugs, having his assistant try to smuggle HGH over the border and related nastiness.
According to the Associated Press, Beltran went to Toronto to consult with Dr. Galea
while he was sidelined with his knee injury last summer. He says he’s not worried about the investigation because he
didn’t do anything wrong. This jibes with everything we’ve heard from Reyes, Rodriguez, and Bud Selig.
As of press time there was no comment from Ian O’Connor, mostly because he’s been blinded by apoplectic rage the week’s events.
Update (7:00 PM ET): The MLBPA announces that the deadline has been extended 24 hours while MLB and NPB continue to negotiate a new agreement for the posting system. The new deadline is 8 PM ET on Tuesday.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.