Thursday’s roundup: Charge against Familia dropped
Fort Lee, N.J. — A judge dismissed a charge Thursday stemming from a domestic violence complaint against Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the player’s wife told a prosecutor her husband did not hurt her.
The couple left the New Jersey courthouse and drove off together without talking to reporters.
Familia, 27, a first-time All-Star this year, faces a possible Major League Baseball suspension if he is found to have violated the sport’s domestic violence policy. The league said in a statement the investigation is ongoing.
“We are aware of MLB’s investigation into this matter, and we will handle it in the appropriate course,” said attorney Jay Reisinger, who is representing Familia in the league’s probe.
Familia had been charged with simple assault and had pleaded not guilty after his wife, Bianca Rivas, made several frantic 911 calls to Fort Lee police on the morning of Oct. 31 in which she described her husband as “drunk.”
“My husband had a little bit of alcohol, and he’s going crazy,” Rivas said in the 911 recording, according to excerpts of a transcript published by NJ.com.
Rivas was left with scratches on her chest and a bruise on her right cheek.
But the judge dropped the charge after Prosecutor Arthur Balsamo said he met with Rivas and her lawyer. Balsamo said Rivas told him the scratch came from the couple’s 1-year-old child and the mark on her cheek came from leaning on it.
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The Rockies agreed to a three-year, $19 million contract with left-handed reliever Mike Dunn.
Dunn, 31, went 6-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 51 appearances for the Marlins last season.
... The Tigers signed left-hander Anthony Vasquez to a minor league contract. Vasquez, 30, was 12-4 with a 3.08 ERA in the Phillies organization last season.
... The Phillies and center fielder Odubrel Herrera agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $30.5 million. Herrera, 25, batted .286 with 15 homers, 87 runs and 25 stolen bases.
... Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte is the winner of the 2016 Tony Conigliaro Award, which goes to a player who overcomes adversity through “spirit, determination and courage.”
Solarte’s wife, Yuliett Pimentel Solarte, died of cancer in September at age 31.
... The Brewers signed former Athletics infielder Eric Sogard to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp in spring training.
Milwaukee also signed former Tigers left-hander Andy Oliver, who spent last season in the Orioles organization.