Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes gets 50-game suspension for marijuana use

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MLB announced this afternoon that Cardinals prospect right-hander Alex Reyes has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, Reyes released a statement saying that it was for marijuana.

This is a big deal for the Cardinals, as Reyes was ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the game on Baseball America’s midseason list. The 23-year-old posted a 2.49 ERA and 151/49 K/BB ratio over 101 1/3 innings in the minors this season, mostly between High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield. He was recently pitching in the Arizona Fall League and was originally slated to start Saturday’s Fall Stars Game, but was pulled without explanation. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the drug suspension was the reason for the change.

Interestingly, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com writes that Reyes’ suspension will include the remaining games in the Arizona Fall League. Still, he’s slated to get a late start on the 2016 season. All for doing something that players on a team’s 40-man roster aren’t tested for.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.