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Wilson proud of MLB's harsher PED penalties

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Wilson proud of MLB's harsher PED penalties

LOS ANGELES -- Left-handed pitcher C.J. Wilson, the Angels' Major League Baseball Players Association representative, reacted strongly and positively Friday to MLB's enhanced drug-program agreement.

"I hope this is the padlock, and closes this chapter," Wilson said. "We don't want to keep going through this."

More testing is what the players decided was the best course, he said.

"We had a lot of of discussions in the meeting in San Diego in the offseason," Wilson said. "We had a hundred players in a room talking about it. The solution would be what's right for the game. The conclusion we came to is, the No. 1 deterrent is getting tested more often. Significantly."

The Angels' No. 2 starter said he believes "the game is significantly cleaner than it was 15 years ago" when he signed his first contract.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said: "I don't think everyone understands that this whole thing [the agreement] has been player-driven. It's an attempt to level the playing field."

Wilson said of PED use: "Guys do it for greed. They're not happy with the player they are. They want to do it and make themselves better.

"If there's always testing ... they're not going to feel like they're going to get away with it. ... I think you'd have to be really not good at risk evaluation at this point."

Wilson added that the penalty phase is also significant, in his opinion, especially "if you're a $10 million or $20 million player, and all of a sudden you're making zero dollars."

Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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