Nick Adenhart murder suspect wants to move trial

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Andrew Gallo, the man charged with killing Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends last year, has requested a change of venue for his upcoming trial because “the publicity surrounding the April 9, 2009 crash will make it hard for Gallo to get a fair trial.”
Gallo has pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving with a suspended license following a prior DUI conviction after police say he tested three times the legal blood-alcohol level when his minivan ran a red light and struck Adenhart’s car.
Three of the four people inside were killed, including the 22-year-old pitcher who just hours earlier tossed six shutout innings in his season debut. The motion to move the trial away from Orange County has a hearing scheduled for May 28 and the actual trial date has already been pushed back from this month to July.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.