Free agent lefty Fernando Abad has been hit with an 80-game suspension after he tested positive for a banned steroid, the league announced.
The 32-year-old Abad tested positive for Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid that is most popular among athletes and bodybuilders. If any team tries to sign him, they will not have him for the majority of this season.
Abad had a solid season last year with the Red Sox, appearing in 48 games and pitching to a 3.30 ERA and 1.24 WHIP while primarily being put in smaller spots. He went to spring training under a minor-league contract with the Phillies earlier this year, but was released on March 21. Four days later, Abad agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mets, but never ended up actually pitching for the organization and was then released.
Before this year, Abad had played for Astros, Nationals, Athletics, Twins and the Red Sox over the course of an eight-year career that started in 2010. Abad, who was signed by the Astros as an amateur free agent in 2002, has been inconsistent for the most part of his career, but has posted a respectable 3.65 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 317 2⁄3 innings pitched.