New York — Former big league pitcher Jared Burton has been suspended 50 games under baseball’s minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
The right-hander, 34, pitched for Cincinnati (2007-11) and Minnesota (2012-14), going 18-19 with a 3.44 ERA and 10 saves in 367 relief appearances. He spent last year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Class A Tampa in the Yankees organization and Triple-A Round Rock in the Rangers organization, going 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 16 appearances.
He is a free agent, and his suspension will start when he signs with a big league organization.
Free-agent pitcher Derrick Bernard was suspended 100 games following a third positive test for a drug of abuse, his third ban under the program. Kansas City pitcher Matt Murray was banned 50 games after a positive test for Amphetamine, a banned stimulant, the commissioner’s office said Friday.
There have been eight suspensions this year under the minor league program.
Shortstop Alexei Ramirez and the Padres finalized a $4 million, one-year contract.
Ramirez, 34, gets a $3 million salary this season, which includes a $4 million mutual option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout.
An All-Star in 2014, Ramirez dropped to a .249 average with 10 homers and 62 RBIs last season. He had spent his entire eight-year big league career with the White Sox, batting .273 with 109 homers and 542 RBIs.
... Left-hander Antonio Bastardo and the Mets completed a $12 million, two-year contract.
Bastardo gets a $250,000 signing bonus, payable on June 30. The deal includes salaries of $5.25 million this year and $6.5 million in 2017.
Bastardo, 30, was 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA and one save in 66 games last season for Pittsburgh. He struck out 64 and walked 26 in 57-1/3 innings.
He pitched for division rival Philadelphia from 2009-14 and is 24-19 with a 3.58 ERA and 12 saves in seven major league seasons.