About two months ago, Marlins closer Leo Nunez admitted he had falsified his name and age. He’s really Juan Carlos Oviedo. Shortly afterward, it was announced that there would be no criminal charges against Nunez/Oviedo in his home country, the Dominican Republic.
That is no longer true, as of Thursday morning; this Spanish-language article indicates that Oviedo has been arrested. Loosely translated by Google Translate:
Reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo was arrested Thursday by Dominican authorities for using a false identity, the Dominican National Police reported the AP.
Colonel Maximo Aybar Baez said that Oviedo was arrested at the U.S. Consulate in Santo Domingo.
The Marlins have already signed a replacement closer, Heath Bell, so their previously announced plan to tender him a 2012 contract could be on hold.
The official MLB deadline to tender contracts to players for the 2012 season is next Monday, Dec. 12, so we should find out about this soon.