Ubaldo Jimenez was a mess last season, losing his rotation spot and immediately making the Orioles regret signing him to a four-year, $50 million deal.
But at the team’s fan fest event he seemed optimistic about turning things around:
I can’t wait. Whatever happened in 2014 is in the past. There’s nothing I can do about it now. I can just look forward and now I’m going to do everything in spring training to get myself ready the best I can for the season and help the team.
Jimenez also said all the right things about continuing to work on his mechanics with the coaching staff and not worrying about his role:
My mechanics are not the mechanics you’re used to seeing every day with other pitchers. It takes a little bit more time, a little bit more hard work to get it going. I keep repeating it. The last couple–two or three–years I’ve been dealing with injuries, talking about leg-wise. Last year, I had the ankle problem, so that makes it a little more difficult to get it going.
It’s worth noting that Jimenez was already performing terribly and in danger of losing his rotation spot by the time he injured his ankle, but the stuff about his mechanics being a little trickier for a coaching staff to work with certainly seems valid.
Also worth noting: Jimenez had a 4.85 ERA in 125 innings for the Orioles and dating back to 2011 he has a 4.52 ERA in 673 total innings.
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.
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. Non-legally speaking, the allegations amount to what can and should be called rape — sexual activity without consent due to the impossibility of consent in these allegations — separate and apart from the specific counts with which Vázquez has been charged. It is possible, of course, that authorities could amend and/or add to the charges he currently faces.
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.