On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic. Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial.
He just had his trial and the jury acquitted him. Alfredo Simon is a free man.
The theory was that Simon fired a gun into the air in revelry, with the bullet coming down and killing Almonte. Experts testified that the bullet came from someone else’s gun, however.
Between that and the civil suit by the victim’s family being dropped earlier this year, Simon’s trials in this matter would seem to be over.
The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.