Jose Tabata's wife pleads guilty to kidnapping charges

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Pirates’ outfielder Jose Tabata is only 21 and his soon-to-be ex-wife is 44, so she was already guilty of robbing the cradle. Now she’s guilty of stealing an actual baby:

Amalia Tabata-Pereira, 44, pled guilty in
Hillsborough Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges of kidnapping,
interference with custody and impersonating a public officer.In
March of 2009, Tabata-Pereira posed as an immigration official and
threatened a migrant worker and her boyfriend with deportation if they
didn’t give their baby girl to Pereira, prosecutors say. The mother
complied, then contacted police six hours later to report a kidnapping.

Sounds like a real winner. Tabata hasn’t had any contact with her for a good long while and a divorce is pending. Good thing he got away from this freak show.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.