Anthony Galea charged with treating NFL players with unapproved drugs

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HGH.jpgDr. Anthony Galea, you will recall, is the Canadian doctor in the cross-hairs of an HGH
investigation emanating from the Buffalo, New York U.S. Attorneys office.  The investigation has made news in baseball circles because investigators on the case interviewed Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes and have attempted — thus far unsuccessfully — to interview Alex Rodriguez.

But baseball isn’t the only sport in which the good Dr. has contacts, and today Galea was charged with unlawfully treating professional football players with unapproved drugs,
including human growth hormone:

The complaint charges the doctor with lying to federal officials,
smuggling, unlawful distribution of HGH, introducing the unapproved drug
actovegin into interstate commerce and conspiracy to defraud the United
States.

According to court documents, Galea’s clients include at least three
National Football League players. One allegedly had two HGH kits
delivered to his home, and another allegedly received actovegin
injections.

The football players remained anonymous in the complaint, though I can’t immediately understand why, seeing as though they will no doubt be witnesses in this case, voluntary or otherwise.  One would assume, wouldn’t one, that if and when the football players’ identities do come out that they’ll be dragged through the mud. Oh, wait, I forgot what sport I was dealing with.

There’s no suggestion that any baseball players were mentioned in the indictment by name or anonymously, which suggests that, much to the i-Team’s chargrin, Dr. Galea wasn’t giving Jose Reyes and others HGH. Of course these charges often get amended multiple times with multiple counts added, so it’s possible that Galea will be accused of distributing to baseball players at a later date.

In any event, let us all sit back, relax and watch Ian O’Connor’s get whiplash from going from relative reason to outrage in the space of about six hours.

Angels sign Kole Calhoun to three-year, $26 million extension

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim runs to first base during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had three more years of arbitration eligibility left, but he and the Angels decided to settle that future business at once on Wednesday, agreeing to a three-year extension worth $26 million, per SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. The contract also includes a $14 million club option for the 2020 season.

Calhoun, 29, has been a dependable right fielder for the Angels over the last three seasons, batting an aggregate .266/.327/.436 with 61 home runs and 216 RBI in 1,895 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, Calhoun has been the ninth-most valuable right fielder in baseball since the start of the 2014 season with 11.4 Wins Above Replacement. He ranks slightly behind Giancarlo Stanton (11.9) and just ahead of J.D. Martinez (10.9).

The Angels only have a handful of players signed beyond the 2017 season — just Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons, and Calhoun. The club has options on Ricky Nolasco and Huston Street, while many others will be eligible for arbitration.

Bryce Harper lobbies for Matt Wieters and Greg Holland

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Nothing is happening as the baseball world waits four more hours for the Hall of Fame announcement. Question: why do it at 6pm? For MLB Network ratings? Let’s be real, there are “Golden Girls” reruns on third-tier basic cable that are gonna draw a bigger audience. Why not announce it now so people can get on with their lives? Oh well.

As we wait, let’s take a look in at Twitter, where Jim Bowden of ESPN passes along the rumor that the Washington Nationals are still interested in signing Matt Wieters and Greg Holland:

Great to know that the Nats’ baseball operations budget is dictated by its capital expenditures. Maybe they shoulda been smart like the Braves and suckered — er, I mean negotiated the local government to pay more for it? GO BRAVES!

Anyway, Bryce Harper had a response to that:

I take that to mean that he’d take the money used to construct the team store and give to Wieters and Holland. I haven’t seen the budget breakdown for the new spring training facility, but that would probably mean a major pay cut for Wieters and Holland. And where would we buy our “Make Baseball Great Again” caps? Think ahead, Bryce. Play the long game here.