Chicago won’t be getting a compensatory draft pick if Juan Pierre leaves as a free agent, as the White Sox declined to offer arbitration to the veteran outfielder with Type B status.
Pierre hit .279 with his usual lack of power and plate discipline, posting a sub-.700 OPS for the fourth time in five years. He also ceased being a positive factor on the bases, going just 27-of-44 on steal attempts.
It’s possible another team will view Pierre as still being a capable center fielder despite his playing exclusively left field for the past two seasons, but short of that the odds are seemingly against his finding another full-time gig at age 34.
Pierre just completed a five-year, $44 million contract that paid him $8.5 million in 2011.
As expected, the White Sox did offer arbitration to fellow Type B free agent Mark Buehrle.
Astros reliever Roberto Osuna appeared in an Ontario court today, where the assault charges against him were withdrawn. In their place is now a one-year peace bond, which is akin to a restraining order combined with probation. Pursuant to the peace bond Osuna is required to continue with counseling he has undertaken, to not get in any legal trouble and to have no contact with his accuser without court consent for the next year.
The reason for the revocation of the charges is that, according to prosecutors, the complainant is in Mexico and would not return to Canada for a trial against Osuna. Without her testimony the case against Osuna could not be won. The peace bond, then, was the only real option.
Osuna was arrested in Toronto while still playing for the Blue Jays and was charged with assaulting a woman on May 8. Major League Baseball suspended him for 75 games under the league’s domestic violence policy. The Blue Jays traded him to the Astros on July 30 in exchange for Ken Giles and two minor leaguers and he has pitched for the Astros ever since. This latest hearing was scheduled to coincide with the Astros’ trip to Toronto this week.
The Astros issued a statement:
And statements from Osuna and his attorney: