Carlos Marmol “very pissed off” about abuse charges, files blackmail countersuit

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Carlos Marmol arrived at Cubs camp today and spoke to reporters about the abuse charges he’s facing in the Dominican Republic.

Details have been scarce, but a 24-year-old woman filed a civil suit alleging a domestic assault incident in October. Marmol said today that he gave the woman a ride home from a party and then heard about the allegations on the radio, at which point he called a lawyer.

Marmol described himself as “very pissed off” and has filed a countersuit against the woman for blackmail and extortion. “They tried to hurt me,” Marmol said, via Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. “I didn’t do anything. The stuff she said is not true. It’s about money.”

Cubs president Theo Epstein spoke in support of the reliever, saying: “Every piece of information that we were able to gather backs up Carlos’ story that he’s guilty of no wrongdoing whatsoever and may in fact be a victim here if this case continues to be pursued like this.”

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.