Mets minor leaguer Brandon Welch suspended 50 games

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports that Mets minor league pitcher Brandon Welch has been suspended 50 games for using a drug of abuse.

Welch, 23, was taken in the fifth round of the 2012 draft by the Mets. He was promoted to Single-A for the first time to begin the 2014 season with Brooklyn. Welch finished with a 5.18 ERA and a 21/12 K/BB ratio in 33 innings over three starts and 11 relief appearances.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.