Report: Preliminary forensics test could clear Alfredo Simon in shooting

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Take this news with a grain of salt, but Alfredo Simon’s lawyer told CNN tonight that a “preliminary forensics test” could clear the pitcher in the shooting death of 25-year-old Michael Esteban Castillo.

“The ballistics tests have been favorable,” lawyer Carlos Olivares told CNN in a telephone interview. “We are waiting for the formal report.”

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com heard similar information from Simon’s agent, who added that the bullet doesn’t match Simon’s gun.

If true, this would absolve Simon in the shooting, which also wounded Castillo’s 17-year-old brother, but Dominican police have expressed skepticism about the report. Sgt. Hermosin de los Santos with the Preventive Police in Puerto Plata told CNN it’s still “very early” and that such cases usually take six months to investigate fully.

Simon is expected to remain in police custody while the Forensic Sciences Institute in Santo Domingo collects and reviews further ballistics evidence.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.