James Loney was arrested in November and charged with suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his Maserati into multiple other cars, but now TMZ reports that prosecutors have dropped the charges.
Loney refused to take a breathalyzer test and the police reported noted that he “exhibited eyelid tremors and his shirt was soiled and moist from perspiration, from his armpits down to his waistline.”
He also never told the Dodgers about the arrest, but police took a blood sample to test and the results came back negative, so the charges were dropped “due to insufficient evidence to proceed.” And neither the incident nor Loney’s sub par production on the field stopped Los Angeles from signing him to a one-year, $6.4 million deal.
The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses.
Perez, 36, is coming off of a two-year run with the Nationals. He produced a 4.64 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 an d10.6 SO/9 through 50 relief appearances and 33 innings with the club in 2017. The veteran lefty hasn’t kept an ERA under 4.00 in at least four seasons, but he continues to be undeniably solid against left-handed batters, holding them to a .227/.301/.364 batting line over 18 1/3 innings last year.
While returning southpaw Wandy Peralta appears to have locked down a bullpen spot already, Perez will still compete for another role against fellow left-handers Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, both of whom also have experience in the rotation. If Perez doesn’t break camp with the team, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes, he’ll be permitted to opt out of his contract. The Reds are currently looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in 2017, one in which their bullpen ranked 28th among major league teams with a collective 5.63 ERA and -1.2 fWAR.