Nate Schierholtz suspended 80 games for PEDs

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Life on the fringes?

Major League Baseball just announced that Nate Schierholtz has received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Ibutamoren, which is a growth hormone.

Schierholtz, best known for his time with the Giants between 2007 and 2012, isn’t part of any organization right now. He last was in the bigs in 2014 with Cubs and Nationals. He played in Japan last year but didn’t do so great. He played 31 games for Toledo, the Tigers Triple-A team this year, but again wasn’t very effective. The Tigers released him at the end of May.

His suspension will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization, though at this point what are the odds of that happening?

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.