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.

Yu Darvish lands on 10-day disabled list again with triceps tendinitis

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Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.

Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.

The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.