Colby Lewis to test free agency after inability to reach deal with Rangers

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Pitcher Colby Lewis and the Rangers were unable to reach a deal. Rangers president of baseball operations and GM Jon Daniels says that the right-hander will head into free agency, but the door remains open for a reunion, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Two weeks ago, Daniels expressed a desire to bring the 35-year-old Lewis back. Lewis had missed the latter half of the 2012 season and all of the 2013 season due to a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. This past season, Lewis mustered a 5.18 ERA with a league-leading loss total at 14 in 29 starts. However, he had better results in the second half, finishing with a 3.86 ERA after the All-Star break.

Report: Felipe Vázquez arrested on child sex charges

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Jeff Passan of ESPN is reporting that Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, the solicitation of a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors.

The details, from a report from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Department are ugly.

According to authorities, Vázquez has allegedly been engaging in sexual activity with a now-15-year-old girl from the time she as 13 years-old. As recently as this July Vázquez allegedly sent the victim videos of him engaging in an unspecified sex act. Vázquez also allegedly sent the victim texts saying that they would meet for sex after the baseball season was over. It is unclear based on the minimal information currently available if the “sexual activity” referred to in the past involved physical activity or merely electronic communication.

The age of consent in the State of Florida is 18. While, like many states, Florida has “close-in-age” exceptions, they do not apply to the 28-year-old Vázquez and someone as young as his alleged victim.

Vázquez has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball while the case is pending against him.

We will, without question, be following this story as it develops.