Twins minor leaguer Adrian Salcedo suspended for PEDs

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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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.