Jeurys Familia pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges

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Mets closer Jeurys Familia pleaded not guilty to a charge of domestic violence in a New Jersey court today.

Familia was arrested in late October at his home on charges that he caused “bodily injury to another.” Police found a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of his accuser, whose name has not been revealed. His next hearing is in December.

Major League Baseball said it is monitoring his case and will not likely do anything as far as discipline goes until the case progresses further. Baring complete exoneration and/or the quick dropping of charges, Familia is likely facing a suspension under MLB’s domestic violence policy once the 2017 season begins.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.