Criminal charges against Jeurys Familia dismissed

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The criminal domestic violence case against Mets reliever Jeurys Familia has been dismissed.

A hearing took place in Fort Lee, New Jersey today, after which the charges were dropped. As Jim Baubach of Newsday reported in a series of tweets from the courthouse, the hearing involved an interview of Familia’s wife by the prosecutors and meetings with the judge. Afterward, Familia was allowed by the judge to leave via a back door, out of sight of most of the press.

The case arose out of an October 31 incident in which Familia’s wife, Bianca Rivas, called police and was found to have been scratched and bruised. In dismissing the case the prosecutor said that the scratches and bruises had explanations that were “unrelated to domestic violence.” At least one of the scratches, the prosecutor said, was inflicted by Rivas’ and Familia’s son.

With legal proceedings concluded, the ball is now in Major League Baseball’s court as it will determine whether Familia will face suspension under the league’s Domestic Violence Policy which does not hinge on the successful and completed prosecution of the accused player. Aroldis Chapman and Jose Reyes, for example, were given suspensions despite no charges even being filed in the former’s case and charges being dismissed in the latter’s case.

Report: Guardians, 1B Josh Bell reach 2-year, $33M deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.

Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.

Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.

The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.

The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.