Originally written January 31, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
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Innocent until proven guilty, right? It’s possible that MLB’s investigation into the South Florida PED scandal will result in suspensions for some of the players named, and right now we know that Nelson Cruz is one of those named players. Now we have to look at Cruz’s surprising transition from quad-A star to one of the game’s best sluggers on a per-game basis with a more skeptical eye. This is what the article from the New Times of Miami had to say about Cruz: According to his July 2012 client sheet, Bosch sold $4,000 of product to Nelson Cruz, whom he nicknames “Mohamad.” Cruz, the power-hitting Dominican outfielder for the Texas Rangers, has whacked 130 bombs in his eight-year career without any links to performance-enhancing drugs. Until now. Bosch writes in his 2012 book: “Need to call him, go Thur to Texas, take meds from April 5-May 5, will owe him troches and… and will infuse them in May.” For now we’ll take the “innocent until proven guilty” route because fantasy baseball is
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