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The Alfredo Simon case gets uglier and uglier

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Friend-of-HBT Nick Collias has been reading about the Alfredo Simon case in the Spanish language press and passes along a coupe of articles that show just how sordid this business is getting:

According to this report by Yoel Adames of ESPN Deportes, the mother of the victim, Michel Castillo, Alfredo Simon tried to bribe the family in order to get them to drop the charges:

“We’ve come so that justice will be done, because we understand that people are in support of him being released, and we want justice. He has offered money, but money doesn’t pay for the death of my son. My son’s death is non-negotiable.”

Castillo’s mother claims that, contrary to many of the reports we’ve seen, Simon and Castillo were not friends.  She also claims that Simon was indifferent to the fact that Castillo was shot, shrugged it all off and went on to a club after the shooting.  It’s about 18-levels of hearsay, but Castillo’s mother says she was told that Simon said “what do I care?” at the scene.

There are two sides to every story, however. According to this report, a cousin of Simon’s who was at the scene says that “More people were shooting in the air at the scene, but in the eye of the public it’s my cousin’s fault because he’s a ball player and they want him to be guilty.”  Another person at the scene says this:

“Alfredo Simon isn’t guilty, what’s happening is that [the victim’s family] wants to get involved because they envy [Simon] because he is young and is beginning to have money.”

Everyone’s emotions here are strong. There may also be agenda in play on both sides.  All I know is that every time we hear something new about this case it gets sadder and sadder.

(Thanks again to Nick Collias for bringing these reports to my attention and for translating them)

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.