Pirates' former closer Felipe Vazquez faces 21 additional child sex-related charges
In jail awaiting trial on solicitation charges, Felipe Vazquez accused of 21 more counts involving child pornography and unlawful contact with minor.His MLB career already in jeopardy after being arrested in September on charges of soliciting a child for sexual acts, former Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez now faces 21 new child sex-related counts.
ATLANTA (AP) Left-hander Cole Hamels agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, one of the more active teams of the offseason.
The 35-year-old gives the Braves a veteran to replace Julio Teheran, who became a free agent after his team option was decline.
Braves sign d'Arnaud to 2-year, $16M deal
The Atlanta Braves have signed free-agent catcher Travis d'Arnaud to a two-year, $16-million contract, the club announced Sunday. D'Arnaud will make $8 million in each year of the deal. The 30-year-old found his groove this past season after being dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays in May following a brief five-day stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers. D'Arnaud started the 2019 campaign with the New York Mets, for whom he had played his entire MLB career, but was released May 3.He slashed .263/.323/.459 with 16 home runs and 67 RBIs in 92 games with the Rays and helped the club make the postseason.
Hamels spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, going 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 27 starts last season.
Hamels has 163 wins and a 3.42 ERA in 14 seasons. He began his career with Philadelphia, where he was a three-time All-Star in 10 seasons.
He finished fifth in the NL Cy Young Award voting for the Phillies in 2011, when he was 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA. He was 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA in 2012.
Atlanta has given left-handed reliever Will Smith, a possible closer, a $40 million,m three-year contract and added catcher Travis dArnaud for a $16 million, two-year deal.
Atlanta also has re-signed four players: outfielder Nick Markakis, catcher Tyler Flowers and relievers Darren O'Day and Chris Martin.
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