Mariners prospect Ji-Man Choi suspended 50 games for performance-enhancing drug

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Ji-Man Choi, a Triple-A first baseman in the Mariners’ farm system, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug methandienone.

Most minor leaguers who get 50-game suspensions are non-prospects, but Choi got off to a great start at Triple-A this season as a 23-year-old and has put up huge career numbers. He’s definitely a solid prospect with some long-term upside.

Last season he hit .295 with 18 homers and a .929 OPS in 122 games split among three different levels and for his career Choi is a .312 hitter with a .414 on-base percentage and .512 slugging percentage.

Report: Padres have made offers to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

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Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.

Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.

The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.

Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.