Everth Cabrera was in court yesterday to face domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged incident with his wife during spring training, but Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the trial “was abruptly canceled” and prosecutors dismissed the case.
Cabrera’s lawyer told Schrotenboer that “we were ready to proceed to trial” and suggested that “discrepancies about what happened that night” led to the dismissal, although prosecutors could potentially re-file the charges between now and next March.
Cabrera was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on March 16 and according to the police report the Padres shortstop struck his wife in the face and slammed her head into a wall. Police also stated that Cabrera’s wife hit him and threw objects at him, and his lawyer claims he was acting in self defense.
The Padres announced on Wednesday that the club signed pitcher Clayton Richard to a contract extension through the 2019 season. It’s a two-year, $6 million deal, per MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.
Executive VP and GM A.J. Preller said, “Clayton has been a steadying presence in our rotation, both on and off the field. He has provided veteran leadership for our young ball club, and his tireless work ethic sets the standard among his peers. We’re extremely excited to have him in a Padres uniform for two more years.”
Richard, 34, is tied for the league lead in losses at 14. Along with that, he has a 4.82 ERA with a 136/55 K/BB ratio in 185 innings. The lefty earned $1.75 million in 2017 and was eligible to become a free agent after the season.
Former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to eight years in prison and fined 60 million pesos for corruption as mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, Hector Gomez reports. Mondesi served a six-year term as mayor from 2010-16. He initially ran on the ballot of the Dominican Liberation Party, but switched to the Dominican Revolutionary Party over a year later.
Mondesi, 46, played parts of 13 seasons in the majors for the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Pirates, Angels, and Braves. He won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1994 with the Dodgers, made one All-Star team, and won two Gold Glove Awards. He is the father of the Royals infielder of the same name.