Major League Baseball has told the union which players it intends to suspend in its drug investigation and which ones will receive lengthier penalties for their roles in the Biogenesis case, two people familiar with the talks told the Associated Press.
The sides are trying to reach as many agreements as possible that would avoid grievance hearings, and talks could push back an announcement until Friday.
The meeting between MLB and the union on Tuesday, first reported by the New York Daily News, signaled the final stretch of talks. MLB hopes to announce the penalties for all players involved at the same time, both people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized.
Three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees stands to receive the longest suspension. The stiffer penalties for some players are tied to other alleged violations, including not being truthful to MLB investigators.
A's acquire Callaspo
The Oakland Athletics acquired third baseman Alberto Callaspo from AL West rival Los Angeles Angels for infielder Grant Green.
Callaspo was removed from the Angels game against the Texas Rangers after the fourth inning Tuesday night.
Callaspo was hitting .253 with five home runs and 36 RBIs entering Tuesday. He likely will play second base for the A’s because Oakland has Josh Donaldson at third base. Callaspo last played second in 2010.
The 30-year-old Callaspo is hitting .253 with 42 homers and 293 RBIs in an eight-year career with Arizona, Kansas City, and the Angels.
Dodgers sign Wilson
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year contract. He will join the team after pitching in the minors on a rehab assignment.
‘‘One thing we talked about was that quality power on the back end,’’ Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ‘‘It’s one of the areas we felt could still help us.’’
Wilson hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 12, 2012, the same month he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
Wilson was one of the majors’ top relievers from 2008-11 with the San Francisco Giants. He was a three-time All-Star and led the big leagues with 163 saves in 186 chances.
Astros scratch Norris
Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris was scratched from his scheduled start amid speculation he could be traded. “They scratched me for a lot of reasons,’’ Norris said. ‘‘It’s a little unfortunate. I wanted to go out there and pitch, but I understand there’s a lot of stuff swirling around me.’’ Lucas Harrell replaced Norris as Houston’s starting pitcher against the Orioles. ‘‘It’s one of those things, from an organizational standpoint, you have a guy that has attracted a lot of interest from other ballclubs, and you look at the trading deadline looming,’’ manager Bo Porter said. ‘‘It just made more sense to not risk injury at this juncture of the conversation, because the conversations have gotten a little deeper.’’ . . . Lance Berkman expects to know soon whether he will play again this season for the Rangers, or retire. The 37-year-old designated hitter with surgically repaired knees has been on the disabled list since July 7 with left hip inflammation. He played in 32 games last season for St. Louis because of a left calf strain and two operations on his right knee, and that knee is affecting his mechanics and limiting his power. Running is also problematic.