Cruz is in his first season with Seattle, following one season in Baltimore, which followed 8 seasons in Texas, none of which overlapped with Rodriguez.
The big four caught and suspended in the 2013 Biogenesis scandal were: Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta. Only Braun failed a drug test.
|Tony Bosch, Biogenesis owner|
Rodriguez lost his appeal and served the remainder of his suspension, the entire 2014 season. Now he is back.
Braun, now 31, has played his entire big league career with the Milwaukee Brewers, former commissioner Allan Huber Bud Selig's team. Braun was Rookie of the Year in 2007, leading the National Conference in slugging average. 2008-2012 Braun was an All Star. In 2008 third in MVP. 2011 MVP. 2012 second in MVP.
You can click that link and read about Braun having failed tests in 2011 for performance enhancing drugs (PED) and winning an appeal on a technicality. Braun's appeal drew less ire than that of Rodriguez but was not without serious consequences for Braun. Braun's performance in 2012 after he was outed was comparable to that in his 2011 MVP season. Braun's numbers were down in 2014 and 2015: OPS+ 112, 120.
Cruz and Peralta happened to become free agents after 2013. Their suspensions did not seem to be much of a factor in their negotiating new contracts.
Cruz had a one year impact:
|2014||32||St. Louis Cardinals||$15,500,000||9.118|
|2015||33||St. Louis Cardinals||$15,000,000||10.118|
|2016||34||St. Louis Cardinals||$12,500,000|
|2017||35||St. Louis Cardinals||$10,000,000|
Peralta had a fine season in 2014 and is doing even better in 2015 with OPS+ 138.
Rodriguez has returned from the grave and exceeded pretty much all expectations as a designated hitter (DH): OPS+ 145. While he is booed on the road it has devolved into a knee jerk reaction suggesting that those booing hardly remember why they are supposed to boo. Even the media types who were crushing Rodriguez since August 2013 have gotten bored with themselves.
There were about 11 other players suspended in 2013 along with these four but I cannot remember who and it's better that we leave them alone. These four serve the purpose of putting that episode into a current perspective. All four are doing well, presumably without PED, which makes one wonder what all the fuss was about. Home runs are down, strike outs are up. Pitchers continue the dominance they have enjoyed throughout baseball history. The only time people seem to want things changed is to put the hitters down. Batting averages are well below .500 so the pitchers are firmly in control.