Storylines: Orioles' Davis banned 25 games for amphetamines
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Here are the stories from Friday, Sept. 12.
- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' season is over as he has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. MLB has since confirmed the suspension, which will run through the postseason. Davis was suspended for Adderall usage, he announced in a statement. Davis did not apply for a therapeutic use exemption from the league this season, Connolly reported. Connolly reminded redears that in a 2012-13 study, it showed that 122 Major Leaguers had TUEs — 119 of which were for ADD. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that Davis did not have a TUE for Adderall in 2013. His previous TUE came earlier in his career than last year's breakout. As Passan noted, this opens the possibility that Davis' first positive test (which would only result in a warning) came prior to the 2014 season. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that Davis had been diagnosed with ADD in the past but did not apply for a TUE in 2013.
- A rainout earlier this week made it possible for the Indians to pull off a doubleheader sweep of the Twins on Thursday in Cleveland. The postponement also threw a wrinkle into the Tribe's regularly scheduled rotation. In need of a starter for Monday, the Indians will hand the ball to right-hander Zach McAllister in the opener of a four-game road series against the Astros, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reported. Cleveland had a choice of going with a sixth starter for one of Thursday's games, but it felt waiting until Monday was the best course of action. After McAllister goes on Monday, rotation leader Corey Kluber will get the nod for Tuesday's game to stay on his regular five-day routine. Cleveland has not yet determined which pitchers will start the final two games in Houston.
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- Yankees vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman, who has been in charge of the club's minor league system for the past 15 years, is set to retire, according to George A. King III of the New York Post. However, there appears to be a bit more to the story, as King heard that with Newman's contract up at the end of the season, he likely would not have been retained had he not gone the retirement route. As King noted, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has expressed in the past year that he would look at all aspects of his team, including the player development and amateur scouting departments. The Yankees' minor league system has drawn some flak for a number of years, and King also heard that director of player development Pat Roessler could be on his way out as well.
- Dave Cameron of Fangraphs examined what a potential Giancarlo Stanton extension would look like for the Marlins, exploring two different options. Firstly, Cameron outlined a shorter extension that buys out his prime years (ages 27-32) but leaves him a chance at one more significant free agent deal. His second hypothesis is for a Joey Votto-style extension that buys out 10 free agent years on top of his remaining two arbitration years (which Cameron peged at $30-35 million). Based on WAR/$ and factoring in for some slight inflation, Cameron peged the shorter deal at $240 million over eight years, though he noted that Stanton would likely feel the need to top Miguel Cabrera's $248 million guarantee. The 10-year extension could fetch a $270 million guarantee, which, when paired with the remaining $30-35 million would amount to a 12-year deal worth $300 million+, in Cameron's estimation.
- While Red Sox chairman Tom Werner recently implied that the team is likely to do some significant spending on the free agent market this offseason, a source told Alex Speier of WEEI.com that adding two top-tier pitchers isn't in the club's offseason blueprint. The team will likely pursue one ace-caliber pitcher, but the feeling within the organization is that there's enough talent to fill out a championship-caliber rotation. Joe Kelly and Rubby De La Rosa appear to have spots penciled in, and Clay Buchholz has had a resurgence of late. Beyond those three, the Sox have Brandon Workman, Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes, Allen Webster, Henry Owens, Brian Johnson and Eduardo Rodriguez all in line to compete for rotation spots. It's still believed that the team will pursue Jon Lester most aggressively, Speier wrote, though he also spoke with Rays manager Joe Maddon about the Tampa skipper's former right-hander, James Shields.
- Koji Uehara told reporters, including Speier's colleague Rob Bradford, that the life on his splitter still isn't there. As Bradford noted, Uehara has experienced a late-season downturn like this before, as he struggled greatly at an oddly similar juncture near the end of his tenure with the Rangers in 2011. The displaced closer added that he's not thinking about where he'll play in 2015 or regaining the ninth inning, but rather trying to finish the season on a high note before "see[ing] what happens in free agency."
- The Padres announced that they hired former Astros national crosschecker David Post as a special assistant to GM A.J. Preller and the scouting department. Post will assist Preller in all aspects of amateur, professional and international scouting.
- The Rays and right-hander Neil Wagner came to terms on a unique two-year minor league deal that contains an invitation to 2016 Spring Training, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.