Three strikes with a drug of abuse and you’re out for 100 games:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Boston Red Sox Minor League left-handed pitcher Miguel Pena has received a 100-game suspension without pay after a third positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Pena, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League, is effective immediately.
Pena, a starter mostly, has a career minor league ERA of 4.16 and is posting a 6.41 ERA this year. And now things have gone from bad to worse.
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.