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Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis suspended 80 games after testing positive for PEDs

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Red Sox’ no. 1 prospect Michael Chavis has been suspended for 80 games without pay, per a league announcement on Friday. Chavis tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. He was slated to begin the 2018 season in Double-A Portland later this month.

The 22-year-old third baseman batted a cumulative .282/..347/.563 with 31 home runs and a .901 OPS in 524 plate appearances for High-A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2017. He was selected by the team in the first round of the 2014 draft and has consistently ranked among Boston’s top ten prospects every year since then. While his power and high strikeout rate has yet to be tempered with patience at the plate and more developed pitch recognition, he was expected to continue climbing the rungs in the Red Sox’ farm system and break into the majors sometime within the next two years.

Following news of the suspension, Chavis issued a statement of his own:

Three other players were dinged for PED usage this week, including Giants’ no. 17 prospect, C.J. Hinojosa, who received a 50-game ban after his second positive test for a drug of abuse.

CC Sabathia hopes to play one more year

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Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:

“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”

Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.

Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.