MLB could suspend Matt Harvey, a free agent, after he admits to opioid distribution

If Matt HarveyHe could be signed by a team if he is unable to find one, Major League Baseball officials told ESPN Wednesday.

Harvey's admission in federal courtAccording to an official, Tuesday's disclosure that he gave opioids multiple times to Tyler Skaggs qualifies for distribution under MLB’s drug policy. The official spoke on condition anonymity to ESPN.

Harvey, who is currently a non-paid agent, could appeal any suspension.

MLB released a statement saying that it will review all potential violations of its drug program once the trial is completed.

MLB cannot take action until it has reached a new labor arrangement with the Players Association.

Other players who gave evidence C.J. Cron, Mike Morin, Cam Bedrosian Blake ParkerThey testified about their opioid use but didn't say that they ever distributed drugs to others.

These players will not be suspended if they have violated MLB's policy on drugs of abuse. Unlike players caught using performance-enhancing drugs, player using drugs of abuse like opioids or cocaine are referred to an evaluation treatment board for their first offense, and the violation is not made public. The board will then create a treatment plan for the player.

The federal criminal trial Eric Kay was held Tuesday and Wednesday. Los Angeles Angels communications director. Kay faces two felony chargesSkaggs' death due to drug-related causes in July 2019 after Skaggs was convicted of having distributed fentanyl. Thursday will be the last day of closing arguments for both sides.

The players, with the exception of Parker said Skaggs introduced them all to Kay and that they could get oxycodone through him. Parker stated that he cannot recall the name of the person who introduced him Kay. The players described how Kay would sometimes leave pills for them in their lockers and how they would ingest the pills in the clubhouse.

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