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.

The Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

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The Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.

Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.

Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.