Orlando Hernandez sued for $900,000 in shady business deal

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In a Miami Herald article that is far too long and complicated to accurately describe in this space, “a pair of Miami entrepreneurs” have sued Orlando Hernandez and his manager for $900,000 as part of a disagreement over “the idea for a water-saving device.”
According to the suit, Hernandez and manager Juan Carlos Collar loaned them money to start the company “at illegal interest rates” before trying to steal the idea after the inventors “got all star-struck with who was investing in their company.”
Also of note is that Collar reportedly “sunk $250,000 into an infomercial featuring Hernandez … which yielded just $40,000 in revenue.” I’d say more, but a) Craig is supposed to be the lawyer here, and b) the whole article is definitely worth reading.
Hernandez has yet to pitch after the 44-year-old signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals a few weeks ago. And last month his half-brother Gerardo Regalado murdered four people and wounded three others before shooting and killing himself.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.