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Josh Sale released by the Tampa Bay Rays

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Josh Sale, the former first round draft choice from 2010, has been released by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Sale was suspended in three consecutive years from 2012-2014, including an indefinite suspension that covered most of the 2013 season after an article on Deadspin title "On Facebook, Rays Prospect Brags About Throwing Change At A Stripper" -- with this picture accompanying the article and a screenshot from Sale's facebook describing the incident.

Here were his thoughts after the full season suspension:

After a lackluster first season back, he failed to impress at Port Charlotte (which was no surprise), until his second suspension for a drug of abuse last August.

There's an interesting parallel between former lauded Devil Rays prospect Josh Hamilton's recent issues with drugs of abuse, and the timing of Sale's release.