Curtis Leskanic, who last pitched in 2004 after an 11-year career as a reliever for the Rockies, Brewers, Red Sox, and Royals, was arrested over the weekend in Florida for driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit.
Leskanic had a blood-alcohol level of .331, compared to the legal limit of .08, and Gary Taylor of the Orlando Sentinel reports that the 44-year-old was also charged with child neglect because his 5-year-old daughter was asleep in the vehicle.
According to the police report Leskanic’s truck was “swerving all over the road” at around 7:30 pm Sunday and the responding officer found him “hunched over as if he was sleeping.” Once he woke up Leskanic reportedly handed the officer his scout identification card from MLB, failed roadside sobriety tests, and had to be hospitalized after “swearing and exhibiting hostile behavior.”
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.