Report: Leo Nunez has been playing under fake identity

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Marlins closer Leo Nunez was suddenly placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list Thursday and sent back to his native Dominican Republic.

And now we know why.

According to the Associated Press, the right-hander has been pitching under a fake name and a fake birth date since arriving in the United States back in 2001.

Nunez’s real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, and he is 29 years old — not his listed age of 28.

The Marlins have reportedly known about the issue for several months, but they’ve refused comment to this point and may remain silent until the federal government reaches some kind of ruling. This, after all, is no longer a baseball matter.

Nunez (er, Oviedo) posted an effective 4.06 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 55/21 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings this season for the Fish, converting 36 of 42 save opportunities. He will be entering his third year of arbitration eligibility if allowed back into the country, and back into the major leagues.

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.