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Troy Patton

Troy Patton suspended 80 games for amphetamines


Free agent reliever Troy Patton, who spent this season with the Orioles and Padres, has been suspended 80 games by MLB following a positive amphetamine test.

That length of suspension means this is the third such positive test for Patton, because the first test is a warning and the second test is a 25-game suspension which he served at the beginning of the year.

He had a nice three-year run in the Orioles’ bullpen from 2011-2013, throwing 142 innings with a 3.05 ERA and 113/33 K/BB ratio, but Patton struggled this season and was traded to the Padres in May for Nick Hundley. San Diego dropped him from the 40-man roster in September.

His previous positive test was for Adderall, which many players use thanks to exemptions granted by MLB. Orioles slugger Chris Davis was suspended after failing to renew his exemption.

Orioles have calls to make on hitters this winter

Nelson Cruz

The Orioles took care of one key piece of business last week, signing shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year extension through 2017. They’ll have some decisions to make on the rest of their lineup this winter, though.

– Nelson Cruz, signed to a one-year, $8 million deal last winter, is a free agent.

– Nick Markakis can be brought back on a $17.5 million option (which includes a $2 million buyout) or the team could negotiate a new deal with him.

– Chris Davis is arbitration eligible after earning $10.35 million this year.

One imagines the Orioles will work something out with Markakis, who has been in the organization since the team picked him seventh overall in the 2003 draft. The soon-to-be 31-year-old Markakis is no longer a star, but he did have a better season offensively and defensively this year than in 2013. Ideally, the two sides could do a two- or three-year deal at a lesser salary than the option is worth.

Related: Royals complete sweep of Orioles in ALCS

Unless owner Peter Angelos really loosens the purse strings, retaining both Cruz and Davis seems unlikely. Cruz established new career highs with 40 homers and 108 RBI this year, but he’s 34 and a liability defensively in the outfield. He’ll probably ask for a four-year deal worth at least $15 million per season. Davis, nearly the AL MVP in 2013, probably won’t get much of a raise in arbitration after struggling and getting suspended for Adderall. Since it’d just be a one-year deal, the Orioles should keep him and hope for the best.

Fortunately, the Orioles’ pitching staff, Andrew Miller excepted, will return intact. Five of Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris, Miguel Gonzalez, Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jimenez will comprise the rotation, and Zach Britton, Darren O’Day and Tommy Hunter will all be back in the pen. Top prospect Dylan Bundy, who spent this year rehabbing after Tommy John surgery, could also help next summer.

With Matt Wieters and Manny Machado due back healthy, the Orioles have the potential to be better next year than they were in winning the AL East this season. They’ll almost surely enter the spring as the favorites in the AL East no matter what the Red Sox and Yankees do.

Chris Davis’ suspension may force him to miss Opening Day

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Last month when Chris Davis received a 25-game suspension from MLB for a positive Adderall test everyone did the quick math and realized he could be back for the World Series or possibly even a portion of the ALCS depending on how things went before then.

But now, because the Orioles swept the Tigers in the ALDS and are in danger of being swept by the Royals in the ALCS, it’s possible that Davis’ suspension could linger into next season. If the Orioles lose Game 4 and are swept Davis would have one game remaining on his 25-game suspension and would serve it on Opening Day next year.

Obviously missing one game next season is no big deal, but the difference between rejoining the team for the World Series and having to sit out Opening Day seems symbolically massive.

Chris Davis won’t be on Orioles’ roster for ALCS

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We heard earlier this week that Chris Davis was unlikely to be on the Orioles’ roster for the ALCS against the Royals and manager Buck Showalter made it official in his comments to the media this afternoon.

Davis is not eligible to return from his 25-game amphetamine suspension until Game 6 of the ALCS. In other words, if the Orioles were to include him on their roster, they would have to play one man short for the first five games of the series. This decision might have been a little tougher if the Orioles needed five games to get past the Tigers in the ALDS, as Davis would have been eligible to return for Game 4 of the ALCS, but it just doesn’t make much sense in this case.

While Davis will not be active, he will be with the team during the ALCS. However, he will not be allowed to sit on the bench during the games. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Showalter said today that Davis will be considered for the World Series roster if the Orioles make it past the Royals.

Davis batted .196 with 26 home runs and a .704 OPS in 127 games this season prior to his suspension.

Chris Davis unlikely to be on the ALCS roster

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The Orioles’ sweep of the Tigers means that if Chris Davis were to play in the ALCS, he wouldn’t be eligible until Game 6. That means that it’s highly unlikely that Davis will make the ALCS roster.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun suggested the other day that if Davis could play four games of the ALCS then maybe he would be placed on the roster and the O’s would play shorthanded for a couple of games. But going with a 24-man roster four five games in a seven game series — which they’d have to, considering rosters are locked-in once they’re set for the series — is not a great idea.

The question is if the O’s make the World Series, do they even bother activating him then? At that point they’d have done more than fine without him. Would Buck Showalter want to mess with a good thing?