Right-hander Adrian Salcedo, a Double-A reliever in the Twins’ farm system, has been suspended 80 games following a positive test for banned substances Tamoxifen and Heptaminol.
Salcedo was once among the Twins’ top pitching prospects as a starter in the low minors, but his stocked dropped and led to a shift to the bullpen in 2013. He was off to a good start at Double-A with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings, but this knocks the 24-year-old out until July and lessens his already slim odds of reaching the big leagues.
Salcedo’s suspension comes just a few weeks after the biggest free agent signing in Twins history, Ervin Santana, was suspended 80 games before even throwing a regular season pitch.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.