Remember back in May when police found a woman tied up in Aroldis Chapman’s hotel room?
She claimed to have been robbed of $200,000 worth of jewelry, but then changed her story several times and was later charged with lying to police. Well, this week she pleaded guilty in exchange for the charge being lessened from a misdemeanor to disorderly conduct.
Moriah Balingit of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the woman–a 27-year-old named Claudia Manrique–failed a polygraph test and “after the 12 hours of questioning police determined she was being untruthful.”
Her punishment after all of this? “Manrique was ordered to pay an $164 fine, according to court records.”
What a weird story.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that a team — identity unknown — has offered $92 million to closer Aroldis Chapman.
We’re definitely in Crazy Town when it comes to relievers. Earlier this week the Giants made Mark Melancon the highest-paid reliever in history with a “mere” $62 million deal. Yesterday the Cubs traded for Wade Davis. Kenley Jansen is out on the market looking to get a deal larger than that. Chapman — who posted 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings while helping the Cubs win the World Series — will,in all likelihood, top them all.
Teams reportedly in pursuit of Chapman: the Yankees, for whom he played last season before being traded to Chicago, the Nationals, Marlins and Dodgers.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Gomez will earn $11.5 million next season.
Gomez, 31, struggled with the Astros to a .594 OPS before the club released him in mid-August. The Rangers signed him shortly thereafter and were immediately rewarded. Gomez hit .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 130 plate appearances through the end of the regular season.
As presently constructed, Gomez would likely take over in center field with Nomar Mazara handling left and Shin-Soo Choo in right.