According to a report from SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the mother of former big league pitcher Victor Zambrano was kidnapped sometime Sunday morning from Zambrano’s farm outside of Maracay, Venezuela.
The information came to Heyman via a telephone call from Zambrano’s agent Peter Greenburg.
Earlier this summer in Venezuela, the son of Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba – as well as two of his uncles – were kidnapped. They were later rescued, and Torrealba moved his family to Florida.
Zambrano finished up a seven-year big league career in 2007, compiling a 45-44 record and 4.64 ERA with Tampa Bay, the New York Mets, Toronto and Baltimore.
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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.