Brother/accused killer of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman set free

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Last November, you’ll recall, Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death in his Rotterdam apartment. Arrested for the stabbing and charged with manslaughter was Halman’s brother, Jason Halman.  There were no other suspects. Dutch authorities, however, have released Jason Halman:

A Dutch court has ordered the brother of slain former Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman provisionally released after prosecutors joined the defense in asking for his acquittal on manslaughter charges.

The basis: psychiatrists said he was having a psychotic episode at the time of the killing.  The court will rule on August 30 if the acquittal will go forward.  For now Jason Halman is free and, in all likelihood, he will remain free.  Though no matter what comes of this, it is in no way a happy ending for anyone.

 

 

Cubs acquire Martín Maldonado from the Royals

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Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.

Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.

Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.