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White Sox Welington Castillo Suspended 80-Games for PEDs

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Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castro has been handed an 80-game suspension following a failed PED test, according to an official league announcement.

Per the announcement, Castillo, 31, was suspended after testing positive for the banned performance-enhancer Erythopoieton

Castillo signed a two-year, $15M deal with the White Sox during the offseason and will now have to forfeit almost half of his $7.25M salary for 2018, due to the suspension.

Castillo was hitting a solid hitting .270/.314/.477 with 6 homeruns this season for the struggling White Sox.

 

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Mariners to Sign Cory Gearrin

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, according to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

The Mariners will now have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, thanks to the addition of Gearrin and Tim Beckham.

Gearrin, 32, was well traveled last season, spending time with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics, posting a combined 3.77 on the season.

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Mariners to Sign Tim Beckham

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder Tim Beckham, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this winter, posted a slash line of .230/.287/.374 during the 2018 season.

It’s likely that Beckham will become a key utility contributor for Seattle moving forward.

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Rangers Sign Shelby Miller

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with right hander Shelby Miller, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Miller, who has already passed his physical, missed most of the 2018 season due to numerous elbow issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2017, so there is risk involved with his signing.

Prior to the injuries, Miller was considered one of the major’s most promising young pitchers.

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