Mattingly family makes bid for reality show

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Don Mattingly was considered the epitome of class during his Yankees career. His family, on the other hand, obviously has a ways to go:

A former Central High School baseball standout and New York Yankees
draft pick was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shoving his mother and
then spitting in her face.

Taylor Mattingly, 24, was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on
preliminary charges of battery by bodily waste, battery and criminal
mischief, all misdemeanors. Mattingly, the son of L.A. Dodgers batting
coach Don Mattingly, was released on a $250 cash bond late Tuesday
night.

According to a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office probable cause
affidavit, Mattingly admitted jumping the brick fence of his mother’s
residence on Darmstadt Road and confronting her. Mattingly told
investigators his mother, Kim Mattingly, had earlier sent him a text
message insulting him, his girlfriend and his father, authorities said.

Taylor Mattingly was a 42nd-round pick by the Yankees in 2003. His pro
career consisted of 24 games in Rookie ball, in which he hit
.224/.387/.224. His older brother, Preston, is currently playing in the
Dodgers system, though he doesn’t project as a major leaguer. He’s a
career .238/.282/.347 hitter in four seasons.

While this is the first time Mattingly’s family has made headlines,
the former superstar initially accepted the Dodgers’ hitting coach job
when Joe Torre was hired, only to later back out because of undisclosed
family reasons.

Reds ink Oliver Perez to a minor-league deal

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The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses.

Perez, 36, is coming off of a two-year run with the Nationals. He produced a 4.64 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 an d10.6 SO/9 through 50 relief appearances and 33 innings with the club in 2017. The veteran lefty hasn’t kept an ERA under 4.00 in at least four seasons, but he continues to be undeniably solid against left-handed batters, holding them to a .227/.301/.364 batting line over 18 1/3 innings last year.

While returning southpaw Wandy Peralta appears to have locked down a bullpen spot already, Perez will still compete for another role against fellow left-handers Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, both of whom also have experience in the rotation. If Perez doesn’t break camp with the team, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes, he’ll be permitted to opt out of his contract. The Reds are currently looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in 2017, one in which their bullpen ranked 28th among major league teams with a collective 5.63 ERA and -1.2 fWAR.