The motivation was to clean up the sport, to deflate the absurdity, to make baseball believable again.
As a bonus, the game's caretakers loved to tell us, a message would be sent, sent to players, fans and kids – yeah, especially to kids – about the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Well, like never before, this offseason has sent a message about PEDs, all right, made a statement clear and undeniable.
With the free-agent signings of busted cheats Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon, it would be easy to say that the message isn't don't do PEDs but rather don't get caught doing PEDs.
That, however, would not be fair or accurate.
No, more precisely, the message is this:
Hey, don't worry if you're caught doing PEDs because you'll be rewarded anyway.