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Red Sox Top Prospect Michael Chavis Suspended 80 Games For Positive PED Test

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Boston Red Sox top prospect Michael Chavis of the double-A Portland Sea Dogs has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHMCT), a performance-enhancing drug, as reported by several outlets on Friday.

Chavis, 22, released the following statement on Twitter in which he denied knowingly taking the banned substance:

“Over the past several months, I have been searching for an answer as to how a prohibited substance I have never heard of, DHMCT, was detected in my urine during the off-season. It is a question that unfortunately has not been answered and I have run out of time for now to find an answer.

“I cannot sufficiently verbalize how this entire situation has left me with feelings ranging from anger, fear, frustration, sadness, confusion and complete despair,” wrote Chavis.

Chavis, a first-round draft pick as a shortstop by the Red Sox in 2014, plays third base. He enjoyed a breakout year in 2017, hitting .282/.347/.563 with 31 homers and 94 RBIs split between single and double-A.

An oblique injury forced Chavis to be sidelined in Spring Training.

Many anticipated Chavis would be called up to the Red Sox at some point this season; however, that seems extremely unlikely at this point.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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