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Royals’ Jorge Bonifacio Suspended 80 Games For PEDs

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Kansas City Royals right fielder Jorge Bonifacio has been suspended for the first 80 games of the 2018 season after testing positive for Boldenone, several outlets reported on Saturday.

Bonifacio, 24, is coming off a solid rookie campaign for the Royals, as he hit .255/.320/.432 with 17 homers and 40 RBIs in 113 games.

Despite the bad news, Bonifacio is still allowed to participate in Spring Training with the Royals, as he’s 8 for 24 (.333, though 0 for last 6) with a homer and seven RBIs as of Sunday.

“This is obviously a very disappointing situation for the Royals, our fans and Jorge,” said Royals general manager Dayton Moore. “He is an incredible person who just made a mistake. Jorge will have our full support as he deals with the consequences of this violation.”

Boldenone is defined as “an anabolic steroid developed for veterinary use.”

“It really made me kind of sick to my stomach a little bit, because he is such a neat kid and a big part of our team,” said Royals manager Ned Yost. “But we’ll get through it. It’s 80 games and we’ll continue to support him and make sure this never happens again. Like I said, I’m not sure exactly the circumstances, but I’m sure that’ll all come to light here soon.”

Bonifacio, who was expected to be the Opening Day right fielder, will likely be replaced by recently-acquired Jon Jay or Jorge Soler, according to MLB.com’s Jeff Flanagan.

With Bonifacio’s suspension, recently-returned Mike Moustakas will essentially take his place on the team’s 40-man roster.

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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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