Orioles prospect Parker suspended for second drug violation

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Orioles pitching prospect Brian Parker received a 50-game suspension yesterday due to his second positive test for a drug in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Testing Program.
Parker, who was a 19th-round pick out of Lewis & Clark College in 2007, had a 4.31 ERA and 64/26 K/BB ratio in 64.2 innings as a reliever at high Single-A last season. Once finished serving the suspension he’ll join the bullpen at Double-A, but the 24-year-old’s already marginal odds of getting to the big leagues definitely take a sizable hit (and his Hall of Fame chances are really screwed).
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement no announcement will be made regarding which drug was found in Parker’s system. “Brian has been a good kid with us and we are just very disappointed that this has happened,” Orioles player development director David Stockstill said.

Report: Brewers sign Yovani Gallardo to a major league deal

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Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.

Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.

Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.

Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.