Marlins' Lindstrom 'close' to being traded

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matt lindstrom.jpgAdd another potential closer to the list. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Marlins right-hander Matt Lindstrom is “virtually certain” to be traded during the winter meetings.



According to major league sources,
of the six teams to express interest in Lindstrom, three have jumped to
the forefront in recent days. Said another
source, Lindstrom is “close to being traded,” adding that a deal “could
happen any day now.”
Lindstrom, who turns 30 in February, is
arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.




Team president Larry Beinfest said the closer role was Leo Nunez’s to lose this week,
so it appears they’d prefer not to keep both. Limited to 54 appearances
due to right elbow inflammation in 2009, Lindstrom posted a 5.89 ERA
and 1.65 WHIP.

Astros’ Jonathan Singleton, Dean Deetz suspended for failing drug tests

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MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that Astros first baseman Jonathan Singleton has been suspended 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. Minor league pitcher Dean Deetz has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Dehydroclormethyltestosterone.

Singleton, 26, has had issues with marijuana in the past and opened up about his addiction several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself.” He added, “I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton hasn’t played in the majors since 2015. Last season, after going all the way back to Double-A Corpus Christi, he hit .205/.376/.397 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 500 plate appearances.

Deetz, 24, was selected by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2014 draft. Between Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno last season, the right-hander posted a 4.25 ERA with a 97/50 K/BB ratio in 84 2/3 innings of work. He denies knowingly using a PED, per ESPN’s Keith Law.