Mets minor leaguer Eudor Garcia, a 2014 fourth-round draft pick who played last season at Single-A, has been suspended 80 games following a positive test for performance-enhancing substances Bumetanide and Furosemide.
Garcia showed a lot of promise while hitting .296 with nine homers and a .783 OPS in 105 games at low Single-A Savannah as a 21-year-old third baseman, but now he’ll be forced to sit out the first three months of the 2016 season.
Once eligible, he’ll likely begin the season at Single-A.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.
The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.
Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.
The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.
Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.