Remember the infamous list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003? Yeah, I’m trying to forget, too.
Well, according to the Associated Press, the government will not contest an appeals court ruling from September that determined that investigators illegally seized the list. In other words, those tests are barred from being used in court.
In April of 2004, agents took urine samples and records from Comprehensive Drug Testing Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Inc. While they were armed with a search warrant to seize the results of 10 players — as part of the BALCO investigation involving Barry Bonds — they ended up with an entire database and a spreadsheet that included the names of 104 players.
Since then, Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz have acknowledged being on the list, while the New York Times has reported that Sammy Sosa and Manny Ramirez also tested positive.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.