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Nats, Cubs farmhands penalized for PEDs

King, Contreras given 50-game suspensions

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By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com


10/02/09 6:33 PM ET


Two Minor League players, third baseman Stephen King of the Nationals organization and catcher Wilson Contreras from the Cubs farm system, received 50-game suspensions Friday after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.



King tested positive for Ritalinic Acid, and Contreras tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone. Each will serve their suspensions at the start of next season.


King, 21, hit a combined .226 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs in 94 games for Class A Hagerstown and Class A Potomac this season. Contreras, 17, his .205 with a homer and six RBIs in 29 games for the Cubs' Dominican Summer League team.

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Contreras signed earlier this season and when he originally signed, Jorge Arangure, Jr. of ESPN Deportes tweeted the bonus was rumored to be as high as $850,000 though there has never been actual confirmation of that.


The DSL is a cesspool of PEDs.

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