The criminal domestic violence case against Mets reliever Jeurys Familia has been dismissed.
A hearing took place in Fort Lee, New Jersey today, after which the charges were dropped. As Jim Baubach of Newsday reported in a series of tweets from the courthouse, the hearing involved an interview of Familia’s wife by the prosecutors and meetings with the judge. Afterward, Familia was allowed by the judge to leave via a back door, out of sight of most of the press.
The case arose out of an October 31 incident in which Familia’s wife, Bianca Rivas, called police and was found to have been scratched and bruised. In dismissing the case the prosecutor said that the scratches and bruises had explanations that were “unrelated to domestic violence.” At least one of the scratches, the prosecutor said, was inflicted by Rivas’ and Familia’s son.
With legal proceedings concluded, the ball is now in Major League Baseball’s court as it will determine whether Familia will face suspension under the league’s Domestic Violence Policy which does not hinge on the successful and completed prosecution of the accused player. Aroldis Chapman and Jose Reyes, for example, were given suspensions despite no charges even being filed in the former’s case and charges being dismissed in the latter’s case.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network said yesterday that the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs have been engaged in trade talks involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Morosi also noted that the Los Angeles Dodgers have shown interest in Verlander as well. Whether this is idyl chitchatting of serious dispute is unclear, of course. Everything is unclear in the leadup to the deadline.
The veteran right-hander is carrying a 4.50 with a 120/57 K/BB ratio over 124 innings. Verlander impressed last year, finishing second in AL Cy Young Award balloting, but he has fallen back to Earth in 2017. His velocity remains high, however, and it’s not hard to imagine him going on a solid run in a way that could help a contender. He is owed $56 million over the next two seasons, however, and has a $22 million option that could vest for 2020, so negotiations for him could be tough. If the Tigers want talent back, they’ll have to eat salary.
Verlander got an ovation from a Detroit crowd last night which seemed to sense that, yes, it’s possible he pitched his last game for the Tigers. Given that he has 10/5 rights, allowing him to veto any trade, that decision is ultimately up to him. It’s not hard to imagine him accepting a trade to a contender, however.
We wait see.
The Dodgers beat the Twins last night thanks to a Cody Bellinger three-run homer. But Bellinger was not the only Dodgers rookie who had a notable game. A far more unconventional one is worth mentioning as well.
That rookie is reliever Edward Paredes, who made his big league debut last night. What makes him unconventional: he’s 30. Turns 31 in September, actually. Paredes pitched professionally for 12 years before making it to The Show. Most of that time was in the affiliated minors in the Mariners, Indians, Angels and Dodgers organizations. He spent time in the independent Atlantic League in 2013-15 as well.
Paredes did not do anything heroic last night. It was more of a right place/right time kind of appearance, retiring the side in order with a fly out, line out and a ground out and remaining the pitcher of record while Bellinger hit that three-run homer. That’s enough for a W, though. A W that Paredes waited a lot longer for than most pitchers who notch one in the bigs.