Pridie suspended 50 games for drug violation
A's outfielder, who played for Mets last year, is on Triple-A roster
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A's outfielder Jason Pridie has been suspended 50 games for a second drug violation under baseball's Minor League testing program, the Commissioner's Office announced Monday.
"As with all suspensions, it's disappointing," A's general manager Billy Beane said.
Pridie, who hit .231 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 101 games for the Mets last season, was signed to a Minor League deal by the A's this offseason and was never expected to break camp on the club's 25-man roster, given an already crowded outfield scene.
Monday's news simply ruled out the possibility.
"Just like in any Spring Training, a lot of it comes down to numbers and whether he'll be here or in Triple-A or Double-A," Beane said. "Certainly, being suspended doesn't help you battle for a job."