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Mike Marjama suspended 80 games after testing positive for Oxandrolone


Major League Baseball announced that catcher Mike Marjama has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Oxandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance. Marjama retired last July, but recently applied for reinstatement.

MLB’s press release notes that Marjama’s reinstatement application will be ruled on by commissioner Rob Manfred once the 80-game suspension is completed. It is difficult to see this any other way than Marjama staying retired.

Marjama played just 15 games in the majors with the Mariners before abruptly retiring last summer. Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times revealed that Marjama chose to retire in order to raise awareness about eating disorders. Marjama was bulemic as a high school athlete and was hospitalized.

Oxandrolone is an anabolic steroid which, among other things, can promote weight gain. It is also used to help build muscle, which is why many athletes use it, of course.

Brewers sign Freddy Peralta to a multi-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.

Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.

If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.