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Milton Bradley cleared of all charges

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Milton Bradley’s attorney released the following statement this afternoon, as reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

“The allegations against Milton Bradley were thoroughly investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office,” the statement read. “Both agencies determined there was no basis to file charges and no charges were filed … As is customary in domestic cases, the City Attorney’s Office has scheduled a private meeting with Milton and his wife to make sure that this type of misunderstanding does not occur again.”

Domestic violence cases are the very definition of “heat-of-the-moment” situations, and they require quick action by police.  They also, however, frequently lead to people cooling down later and either realizing that the situation was not as stark as it first seemed or, in some cases, people backing off their initial stories.  We talked about this some yesterday and at the time of Bradley’s arrest, but police officers will tell you that there is no more murky and no more messy a case than a domestic violence case.  They’re hard to charge and hard to prove. Sometimes there’s no there there, sometimes there’s no will there.

Whatever went down between Milton Bradley and his estranged wife, it appears to be over now. And while I have no confidence that this will be the last troubling Milton Bradley-related incident, I’m hoping it is.

Diamondbacks sign Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million deal

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 14:  Jeff Mathis #6 of the Miami Marlins hits a grand slam during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on June 14, 2016 in San Diego, California.   (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.

Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.

The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.

Jimmy Rollins wants to play in 2017

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 10:  Jimmy Rollins #7 of the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 10, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.

Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.

Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.