Rockies sign Kyle Kendrick for $5.5 million


Jon Heyman of writes that he’s “hearing Kyle Kendrick is going to go to the Rockies.”

Kendrick has spent his entire eight-year career with the Phillies, who drafted him in the seventh round back in 2003.

He has a 4.42 ERA in 1,138 career innings, including a 4.61 ERA and 121/57 K/BB ratio in 199 innings last season.

Kendrick is fairly durable and has generally been a decent back-of-the-rotation starter, but his lack of strikeouts is a particularly poor fit for Coors Field and he served up 25 homers in 32 starts last year.

UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says it’s a one-year, $5.5 million deal.

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.

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.