Alfredo Simon acquitted of manslaughter charges

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On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic.  Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial.

He just had his trial and the jury acquitted him.  Alfredo Simon is a free man.

The theory was that Simon fired a gun into the air in revelry, with the bullet coming down and killing Almonte.  Experts testified that the bullet came from someone else’s gun, however.

Between that and the civil suit by the victim’s family being dropped earlier this year, Simon’s trials in this matter would seem to be over.

Report: Blue Jays sign Curtis Granderson to one-year, $5 million deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Monday night that the Blue Jays have signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5 million deal. The contract is pending a physical and includes performance incentives.

Granderson, who turns 37 years old in March, spent last season with the Mets and Dodgers, batting an aggregate .212/.323/.452 with 26 home runs and 64 RBI in 527 plate appearances. He struggled offensively after going to the Dodgers, mustering a paltry .654 OPS. He went 1-for-15 in the playoffs as well.

The Blue Jays will likely platoon Granderson in the corner outfield. His career OPS is 158 points higher versus right-handed pitchers than against left-handers.