Five minor leaguers suspended for drugs


The minor league drug suspensions have been coming in bunches lately. We missed a handful of them over the holidays and into early January, but it’s been, like, three, four or five at a time.

Today we get a five spot:

  • Dodgers Minor League outfielder Theo Alexander, 50-games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse;
  • Dodgers Minor League pitcher Robert Carson, 50-games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse;
  • Free agent Minor League pitchers Kramer Champlin and Kyle Simon, each with 50-game suspensions following a second positive test for a drug of abuse; and
  • Free agent Minor League pitcher Chad James, a 50-game suspension after testing positive for an amphetamine

Lots of abuse going on this offseason, eh? I wonder how many of these guys live in Colorado or Washington state.

Report: Mike Clevinger agrees to 1-year deal with White Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox bolstered their rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Mike Clevinger, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical.

The 31-year-old Clevinger went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts, for San Diego this year. He missed the 2021 season after he had Tommy John surgery.

Chicago is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season, when it went 81-81 and finished 11 games back of surprising AL Central champion Cleveland. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa stepped down in October and Pedro Grifol was hired on Nov. 1.

The White Sox got a big lift from Johnny Cueto this year, but the 36-year-old right-hander is a free agent after going 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 25 appearances. Clevinger slots into a rotation that likely will include Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech.

The move puts the 6-foot-4 Clevinger back in the AL Central after he made his major league debut with Cleveland in 2016. He went 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA in four-plus seasons with Cleveland before he was traded to San Diego in a multiplayer deal in August 2020.

Clevinger was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft. He was traded to Cleveland in 2014.

Clevinger is 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA in 128 career big league games. He also has 694 strikeouts in 656 2/3 innings.