The Walter White of the Biogenesis case pleads guilty

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Not my analogy. That’s the analogy of the Miami Herald which refers to Paulo Berejuk, the man who manufactured Anthony Bosch’s PEDs, as the “Breaking Bad” figure in the while Biogenesis affair.

Anyway, Berejuk is the chemist who made the PEDs that eventually made their way to A-Rod, Ryan Braun other major leaguers and — lest we forget — high school athletes in the Miami area. He made them in his garage. Tony Bosch paid him $20,000 a month to do so. His whole story, including the fact that he faces a couple of years in prison, can be read here.

So if this guy is Walter White, I guess that makes Bosch Gus Fring, maybe? And I have no idea who that makes A-Rod. At the moment I’ll say he’s the guy who got his head crushed by that ATM machine in his squalid house, but we can probably do better than that in the comments.

Report: Yankees acquire Edwin Encarnación from Mariners

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The Mariners are in the midst of reconstructing their roster, a process which most recently resulted in the trade of first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. While the teams have yet to publicly confirm the deal, the Mariners are expected to receive pitching prospect Juan Then and will likely eat a significant portion of Encarnación’s salary as well.

Encarnación is a sizable get for the Yankees, who could benefit from the veteran’s power and consistency in their ongoing drive toward the postseason. The 36-year-old infielder missed some time with a bout of lower back tightness, dental issues, and soreness in his left hand, but has still maintained a decent .241/.356/.531 batting line with an AL-best 21 home runs, an .888 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through his first 289 plate appearances of the year. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Encarnación has another $11-12 million left on his contract in 2019, with a $20 million option for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout.

Then, 19, was acquired by the Yankees in a three-person trade with the Mariners during the 2017 offseason. The right-hander currently ranks no. 27 in the Yankees’ system and made his last pro ball appearance for New York’s rookie-level affiliate in 2018, pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 across 50 innings. It’s not clear if any other players are involved in the trade, though USA Today’s Bob Nightengale notes that no other prospects are thought to be included in the package for Encarnación.