Report: MLB panel split on rehab for Josh Hamilton; one-year suspension is in play

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A four-person panel appointed by Major League Baseball to decide how Josh Hamilton should be handled following his recent relapse that involved at least cocaine has reportedly reached a stalemate.

According to Mike DiGiovanna and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the four arbitrators — two of them lawyers, two physicians — are “deadlocked” in their opinion about whether Hamilton should be entered into a drug rehabilitation program. A fifth person will likely be brought in to break the tie.

This decision has big financial implications for Hamilton, as explained by DiGiovanna and Shaikin …

Hamilton is scheduled to make $25 million this season. He is in the third year of a five-year, $125-million deal with the Angels. If he is sent into a rehabilitation program, he would be owed his full salary for 30 days, then half his salary for the next 30 days — a total of $6.2 million. If he is suspended and not in treatment, he would not be paid.

Major League Baseball also still has to decide how to classify Hamilton — as a first-time drug offender or a fourth-time offender. If he’s considered a fourth-time offender, “at least one full season” is the recommended suspension length. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred gets the true final say.

CALCATERRA: If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended

Phillies acquire Mike Morin from Twins

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On Saturday, the Phillies completed a trade with the Twins for right-handed reliever Mike Morin. The Twins will get cash considerations in the deal.

It’s a fairly quick turnaround for the 28-year-old Morin, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday after the Twins returned first baseman Eddie Rosario and outfielder C.J. Cron to the active roster. In 23 appearances for Minnesota, the righty registered a 3.18 ERA, 0.8 BB/9, and 4.4 SO/9 through 22 2/3 innings, a brief but promising improvement over the rough patch he weathered with the Mariners in 2018.

As the Phillies intend to move Morin to the 40-man roster this weekend, they’ll transfer fellow right-hander Seranthony Domínguez to the 60-day injured list in order to clear a spot for the new reliever. Domínguez, 24, suffered a UCL tear in his right elbow last month and is still working his way back to the mound — though there’s speculation that he may undergo Tommy John surgery at some point in the near future.