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Amnesty: Paul Byrd and others off the hook with new PED deal

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Paul Byrd will not be suspended for his past hGH use, first reported at the end of the ALCS last season. This is great news for Byrd but may be a curse in disguise for the Indians, who might well rather take the $2.5 million in salary they'd have saved than watch Byrd's next ten starts. The Indians spin on the new deal, as per Paul Hoynes ... "As part of a new joint drug agreement between Major League Baseball and the players association that was announced today, Byrd and all other current and former players named in the Mitchell Report will not face penalties for use of performance enhancing drugs. "The decision also means Tim Laker and Brendan Donnelly will not face discipline." Hoynes further "reports" that Bart Swain says that Paul Byrd said, "A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders." I don't know, Paul. I say, make Byrd call you with the quote directly, otherwise they can issue a damned press release. It's not that juicy of a quote, did you really need it that bad? "It's in my notes!" Yeah, yeah, Paul, we know, it says clearly in your notes that Bart Swain told you that those were Byrd's exact words.

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