Back in September, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended for 25 games for testing positive for Adderall, a banned stimulant. He missed 17 games in the regular season and seven postseason games. After he sits out on Opening Day he’ll be eligible once again.
It didn’t have to be that way. Davis had previously obtained a therapeutic use exemption allowing him to take Adderall but, for whatever reason, did not have such an exemption last year. Why he didn’t he has not said, but he didn’t. But that will change in 2015, as Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Tuesday that Davis has once again received a therapeutic use exemption for next season.
One would assume that his lack of having one last year was not because he was denied — MLB approved over 100 of them last year — but because he did not seek one, as even a lax oversight process for such things would probably not go back and forth with approvals and denials like that. Of course, there are many who question how much one has to show to get such an exemption in the first place given how many players do get it. It’s an . . . interesting little part of baseball’s drug story.
But whatever one thinks of all of that, we know one thing: Davis will be back on Aderall next year.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.