Tim Beckham has been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance enhancing substance, MLB announced today. Beckham, 29, is slashing .237/.293/.461 this season in 328 plate appearances while playing the infield and left field for the Mariners.
Beckham, who was the #1 overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, has carved out a career as a role player in the majors. He was traded by Tampa to the Orioles for Tobias Myers at the trade deadline in 2017, and was non-tendered by the Orioles after the 2018 season. Seattle signed him to a one year deal worth $1.75 million for the 2019 season.
The Mariners have 48 games left this season, so Beckham will have to serve the rest of the year and then 32 games if and when he’s on a major league roster after 2019. He is arbitration-eligible after 2019 for one more year, though I am skeptical the Mariners would keep him on the 40 man roster all offseason.
Beckham is also ineligible for post-season play this year, should the Mariners make the playoffs.