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Eric Filia suspended 50 games for second failed drug test


Mariners outfield prospect Eric Filia received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for a drug of abuse, Greg Johns of reports. The suspension marks the second time Filia has failed a drug test, and he’s expected to miss the start of the 2018 season as a result.

The 25-year-old outfielder played through his first full season in the minors in 2017, slashing an impressive .326/.407/.434 with five home runs and nine stolen bases in 567 plate appearances for High-A Modesto. He chased that performance with another stunning run in the Arizona Fall League, finishing a 22-game tear with a .408 average and 13 RBI. MLB Pipeline ranks him no. 21 in the Mariners’ system, citing above average on-base skills and pitch recognition that compensate for his weaknesses on the field.

The club released a brief statement following Filia’s suspension:

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?