Yoenis Cespedes has been sued in the Dominican Republic

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Geoff James of CSNBayArea.com passes along a report about some folks being unhappy with Yoenis Cespedes:

When Yoenis Cespedes signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the A’s in February, his representatives say he agreed to pay 17-percent of his total income to theBorn To Play Academy in the Dominican Republic, and 5-percent more to theWasserman Group, the company which represented him in contract negotiations with the A’s. According to anESPNDeportes.com report, Cespedes has not paid either.

And now he has had a claim filed against him in the Dominican Republic.

It sort of strains credulity that anyone would agree to fork over 22 percent of their bonus to someone who provided services and/or safe harbor for what amounted to a very short time. Of course, the politics and business conventions of the Cuban defector free agency business have always been somewhat oblique, shall we say.

Mike Rizzo and Shawn Kelley almost got into a physical confrontation

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A few weeks back the Washington Nationals designated reliever Shawn Kelley for assignment the morning after he threw his glove into the ground and glared at the Nats dugout in frustration after giving up a homer in a blowout win against the Mets. He was later traded to the Athletics. Nats GM Mike Rizzo said at that time that he thought Kelley was trying to show up his manager and that there was no room for that sort of thing on the team, offering an “either you’re with us or you’re working against us” sentiment in the process.

Today the Washington Post talks about all of the Nationals’ bullpen woes of late, and touches on the departure of Kelley as being part of the problem. In so doing, we learn that, on the night of Kelley’s mound tantrum, he and Rizzo almost got into a physical confrontation:

Rizzo headed down to the clubhouse and confronted Kelley, according to people familiar with the situation. The argument became heated, including raised voices, and eventually it almost became physical, according to people familiar with the exchange. Adam Eaton got between the two of them and separated them before things could advance further . . .

Might I point out that, the fact of this emerging now helps to vindicate Brandon Kintzler who, the day before, was traded away, some say, for being the source for negative reports from inside the Nats’ clubhouse?

That aside, the article does not make anyone look good, really. Rizzo had the backing of his team with the Kelley incident, but the overall story — how did the Nats’ bullpen, which was once a strength — get so bad? — does no favors for Rizzo. Mostly because he seems to have thought that they had so much extra bullpen depth that they could afford to deal away Kintzler, which he says was a financial move, not a punitive trade for being a media source.

Question: when was the last time you heard a baseball man say he had too much relief pitching? Especially today, in which the bullpen has assumed such a prominent role? Seems rather unreasonable to cut relievers when you’re trying mightily to come back from a sizable deficit in the standings, yes?