Reliever Jared Burton, currently a free agent, has been suspended 50 games under the minor league drug program after testing positive for a drug of abuse, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. It’s the right-hander’s second such test. He will serve his suspension if and when he signs with a team.
Burton, 34, pitched only 16 innings in the minor leagues last season in the Yankees’ and Rangers’ systems, allowing four runs on nine hits and seven walks with 18 strikeouts. He’s a veteran of the bullpen, having pitched 361 innings from 2007-14 with a 3.44 ERA at the major league level between the Reds and the Twins. Burton could have made for a low-risk signing for a team looking for cheap bullpen help, but his impending suspension will dampen interest.