In a lengthy sit-down with Terry Pluto, Cleveland Indians CEO Paul Dolan opened up about a variety of topics including the recent arrest, renamining and subsequent contract renegotiations of Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona.
“About a year ago, there was a rumor that there was something with Fausto,” Dolan said. “These type of things [name changes, age changes] do happen.”
In Januaray, Carmona was arrested in his native Dominican Republic while leaving the American Consulate in attempts to renew his Visa to come back to the States for Spring Training. He was charged with false identity and was found to be three years older than he had claimed, only to later get the charges dropped. The team could, allegedly, not gain any furthur information on the matter, but was not shocked to hear that something had happened when it did.
Following the arrest, Hernandez will see his $7 million base salary in 2012 drop to $2.5 million, with an additional $2.7 million available in performance and roster bonuses, determined by the number of starts he makes, the number of innings he pitches, and the total number of days he spends on the team’s active roster.
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