Back in 2011, aman named Giovanni Ramirez, was arrested in connection with the beating of Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. His face and name was plastered all over the place, but there was just one problem: he didn’t do it. Wasn’t anywhere near the place. He was ultimately exonerated, but it took months, all the while city officials said publicly that he was the man who did it.
Then he sued the city. The suit, however, was not successful:
Los Angeles’ defense attorney says a federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a man who was arrested in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium and later cleared. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s office on Monday announced the dismissal of Giovanni Ramirez’s lawsuit against Los Angeles and Police Chief Charlie Beck.
It’s unclear what the basis was for the dismissal, but it’s worth noting that it’s awfully hard to sue the government in cases like these, so success was never assured.
The Blue Jays announced on Friday that the club acquired outfielder Randal Grichuk from the Cardinals in exchange for pitcher Dominic Leone and minor league pitcher Conner Greene.
Grichuk, 26, became expendable when the Cardinals acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins. With veteran Dexter Fowler in right field and Tommy Pham — who finished 11th in NL MVP Award balloting last season — in center, Grichuk was effectively pushed to the bench. He will get a shot at regular playing time in an outfield corner with the Jays. Grichuk has had solid numbers since debuting in 2014, but he hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of his 2015 campaign. Last year, he hit .238/.285/.473 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 442 plate appearances.
Grichuk will earn $2.8 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration for two more years before becoming a free agent.
Leone, 26, posted an impressive 2.56 ERA with an 81/23 K/BB ratio across 70 1/3 innings last season. The right-hander will earn $1.085 million this season and then will become arbitration-eligible for the next three years. Leone certainly helps bolster the Cardinals’ bullpen and may work his way up to high-leverage innings behind closer Luke Gregerson.
Greene, 22, was selected by the Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. This past season, with Double-A New Hampshire, Greene compiled a 5.29 ERA with a 92/83 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings. He throws hard, but control has been a big issue for the right-hander throughout his minor league career. The Cardinals may think they can help turn him around.