Rangers minor leaguer suspended for drugs

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It’s late in the day, so you know what that means:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Texas Rangers left-handed pitcher Martire Garcia has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Clomiphene, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Garcia plays for the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League. Or, he will after 50 games are up. If he’s lucky.

Mets sign reliever Anthony Swarzak

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Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have signed reliever Anthony Swarzak. It’s a two-year, $14 million deal, pending a physical.

Swarzak is an eight-year big league veteran who pitched for the White Sox and Brewers in 2017, posting a 2.33 ERA in 70 games. The righty struck out 10.6 batters per nine innings while walking 2.6. It was a really nice year and he’s a really nice pickup for the Mets, even if he is a fallback choice after they failed to sign Bryan Shaw.