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.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.