Abad had his contract selected from Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Abad will join the big-league bullpen for the first time all season after posting a combined 2.70 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 55:5 K:BB in 50 innings with Sacramento and Double-A Richmond. The lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017, though he owns a serviceable 3.65 ERA across parts of eight seasons (317.2 innings). To clear room on the roster for Abad, Aramis Garcia was sent to the minors while Kyle Barraclough was designated for assignment.
Abad (suspension) signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. The veteran lefty didn't pitch in the big leagues last season but owns a 3.65 ERA across eight major-league seasons. He'll be ineligible to pitch until midseason while serving an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol.
Abad was handed an 80-game suspension due to the use of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Since Abad is currently a free agent, this ban won't kick in until he signs with an organization, which is unlikely to occur after this announcement. The 32-year-old appeared in 48 games for the Red Sox in 2017, but failed to latch on with the Phillies after spending a majority of spring training with the club earlier this year.
Abad never actually came to terms with the Mets on a minor-league contract, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports. A press release stated that Abad came to terms with New York at the end of March, but that deal apparently never came to fruition. It's unclear whether he's still close to a deal with the team or not, but for now, he'll remain a free agent. Abad produced a 3.30 ERA in 48 appearances with the Red Sox last season.
Abad agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mets on Sunday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Abad will link up with the Mets just days after being released by the Phillies. The veteran reliever spent his 2017 season with the Red Sox, compiling a 3.30 ERA and 37:14 K:BB over 43.2 innings. He'll report to Mets minor-league camp and will likely kick off the season with Triple-A Las Vegas. He's a candidate to be promoted for bullpen reinforcement during the regular season.