It took a lot longer than anyone would have liked, but Major League Baseball finally dropped the hammer on 12 of the players connected to Anthony Bosch by handing them 50-game suspensions.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the players suspended include Nelson Cruz (Texas Rangers), Jhonny Peralta (Detroit Tigers), Everth Cabrera (San Diego Padres), Francisco Cervelli (New York Yankees), Antonio Bastardo (Philadelphia Phillies), Jordany Valdespin (New York Mets), Jesus Montero (Seattle Mariners), Cesar Puello (Mets), Sergio Escalona (Houston Astros), Fernando Martinez (Yankees), Fautino De Los Santos (free agent) and Jordan Norberto (free agent).
All 12 players, per Rosenthal, have accepted their 50-game suspensions and will begin serving them immediately. The two biggest names on the initial list are Cruz and Peralta, both because they play on teams with playoff aspirations and because of their impending free agency.
The big fish in this whole thing, Alex Rodriguez's suspension was also announced on Monday, and it is exactly what was reported over the weekend: 211 games through the 2014 season, effective on Thursday.
Rodriguez will appeal the suspension and be allowed to play until an arbitrator hears the case and renders a decision.
With the suspensions and penalties finally out there, we can break down what it means for the futures of all the players affected. Specifically, we want to list them in order from least impactful to most impactful.
We have put each suspended player in the order of least effected to most effected. A variety of factors—free-agent status, age, position, etc.—contribute to their slot on this list.