Sexual assualt charges reinstated against Tigers pitcher Evan Reed

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UPDATE: The Judge handling the sexual assault case against Tigers pitcher Evan Reed has reinstated charges. It would appear, then, that Reed is heading for a trial arising out of the March incident.

Wednesday, 12:30 PM: Back in August, charges of “criminal sexual conduct” leveled against Tigers pitcher Evan Reed were dropped. The basis was a lack of probable cause, according to the judge’s finding. The judge specifically found that his accuser was not credible and that there was no evidence that she was incapacitated, as per her allegations against Reed.

Prosecutors have appealed that finding, however:

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is appealing the dismissal of criminal sexual conduct charges against baseball pitcher Evan Reed, who started and ended this past season with the Detroit Tigers.

The appeal will be heard at 9 a.m. on Friday before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Callahan.

There is nothing in the article to suggest that there is new evidence against Reed. So, presumably, the prosecution will still have to base the bulk of its case on the witness, who the previous judge found to have “backtracked” and gave “vacillating testimony.”

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.