UPDATE: Jays not near deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski

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From Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times comes word that the Blue Jays are close to an agreement with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Cowley buried the news in a story about the White Sox signing Adam Dunn, so it’s possible that he doesn’t fully trust the source that passed along the information.  But a marriage between Pierzynski and the Jays would make some sense.

The 33-year-old still has a decent bat and could step in as a full-time catcher if projected Jays starter J.P Arencibia falls flat.

Pierzynski posted a .270/.300/.388 batting line in 2010 for the White Sox with nine home runs and 56 RBI over 474 at-bats.  Chicago is likely to go with Ramon Castro and Tyler Flowers at catcher next season, or they could try to land free agent backstop Miguel Olivo.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says that the rumor is false.  Pierzynski is not close to a deal with the Blue Jays and the White Sox are still hoping to re-sign him.

Roberto Osuna suspended 75 games for violating domestic violence policy

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Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been suspended for 75 games without pay after violating the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Major League Baseball announced Friday. The suspension is retroactive to May 8 and will lift on August 4. Osuna has decided not to appeal the decision.

Osuna was charged with one count of assault against his girlfriend following his arrest on May 8. Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the reliever is set to undergo trial on July 9. No details regarding his specific actions in the case have been publicly released, but Heyman adds that MLB was reportedly able to interview the victim prior to issuing the suspension. League Commissioner Rob Manfred issued the following statement:

My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Roberto Osuna violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy on May 8, 2018. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Osuna violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on August 4th.

Osuna, 23, pitched just 15 1/3 innings during the 2018 season prior to his arrest. He has been on administrative leave since May 8.