As the recent wave of positives shows, even the increased length of penalties hasn't been enough to deter everybody; for some players, the risk-to-reward ratio still makes sense if a spot in the majors or a chance at a multimillion-dollar contract is on the line (more on that momentarily). In the wake of Gordon's suspension, A's reliever Sean Doolittle was among those who suggested even steeper penalties should be in play, telling the San Francisco Chronicle 's John Shea , “Whatever the punishment, 50 games before and 80 now, isn’t enough for the players to roll the dice for a huge payday because they know if they come out of it, they can sign another multiyear, guaranteed contract. And of course they’re getting paid off the numbers they put up while they were cheating. How do we stop that from happening?”
Tony La Russa landed with the Red Sox as a special assistant to David Dombrowski, but before that, there had been conversation within the organization about La Russa serving as the bench coach for new manager Alex Cora... There has been a lot of speculation about Boston pursuing either . Martinez or Eric Hosmer , but in the end, former Indians first baseman Carlos Santana might be a better fit for a more modest price tag... Martinez had a great year offensively, and his agent is reportedly looking for a deal in the area of $200 million, but some clubs think Martinez will be better suited as a designated hitter than playing in the outfield within a few years and note that the highest-paid designated hitter last winter -- Edwin Encarnacion , with the Indians -- got just $60 million.
Speaking with CBS Sports on Thursday , Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer pushed back on the player-blaming strategy, calling out Herman as well as his own Florida successor, Will Muschamp, for not owning up to the state of their programs from the start—though the case with the Gators had more to do with the fact that players Meyer recruited were well-known for their off-field issues. Meyer, who was successful from day one at Ohio State after Jim Tressel’s resignation and a year of Luke Fickell as interim coach, said coaches assume responsibility for every player on the roster the moment they sign on the dotted line.