NEW YORK (AP) Baltimore Orioles second baseman Ryan Adams was suspended Friday for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive for a banned amphetamine.
The 25-year-old Adams played in 29 big league games for the Orioles in 2011 and spent most of last season with Triple-A Norfolk. He was on Baltimore's 40-man roster at the time of the test.
Adams was assigned outright on Sept. 14 to Norfolk, where he hit .224 with four homers, 18 doubles and 20 RBIs in 65 games this year. He was an All-Star two years ago in the Double-A Eastern League.
Since infielder Neifi Perez was suspended twice and outfielder Mike Cameron once for banned stimulants in 2007, the only major league player other than Adams penalized for a stimulant violation was Milwaukee pitcher Mark Rogers in August 2011.
Adams' suspension was announced by the commissioner's office.
There have been five players suspended this year for performance-enhancing drug violations under the big league testing program: San Francisco outfielder Melky Cabrera and pitcher Guillermo Mota; Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon; Philadelphia infielder Freddy Galvis; and free-agent outfielder Marlon Byrd.
On arbitration deadline day, the Baltimore Orioles reached agreements with three of their top stars, starting with third-baseman Manny Machado.
The Orioles also reached an agreement with starting pitcher Chris Tillman, who led the team in wins in 2016.
The Orioles also reached an agreement with closer Zach Britton.
That means the Orioles didn't reach agreements with four players -- right-handed pitchers Brad Brach and Kevin Gausman, catcher Caleb Joseph and second baseman Jonathan Schoop -- and now all face arbitration hearings.
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BALTIMORE – Free agent catcher Welington Castillo has finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles.
Castillo's agreement, announced Friday, includes a $7 million player option for 2018.
He hit .264 with 14 homers and 68 RBIs in 111 games with Arizona last season, when he made $3.7 million. The 29-year-old, who became a free agent when the Diamondbacks failed to offer a 2017 contract, is expected to take over from four-time All Star Matt Wieters, who became a free agent.
Wieters accepted a $15.8 million qualifying offer last offseason and hit .243 with 17 homers and 66 RBIs in 124 games. He was not given a $17.2 million qualifying offer last month.
Castillo represents a lower-priced option. The 29-year-old broke into the big leagues in 2010 with the Chicago Cubs and has also played with Seattle.
He has a .255 career batting average with 60 home runs and 230 RBIs over 509 games.
Wieters, the fifth overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft, has spent his entire career with Baltimore.
The switch-hitter is known for his ability to work with a pitching staff but has also been productive at the plate: He has a .256 batting average with 117 homers and 437 RBIs over eight seasons.
On Friday, manager Buck Showalter and GM Dan Duquette indicated Wieters' tenure with the Orioles is over.
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