Juan Carlos Oviedo Will Not Report To Marlins Camp

Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, signed to pitch for the Marlins for $6 million in 2012, despite the controversy about his false identity.

In the Miami Herald, Clark Spencer reports that Oviedo will not report on time to Marlins spring training:

The pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez remains in the Dominican Republic as he continues to seek legal clearance to return to the U.S. The Marlins aren’t sure when Oviedo, who is on their restricted list and doesn’t count toward the 40-man roster, will be given the green light. But team preident David Samson said last month that it is more likely than not that Oviedo will not be on the Opening Day roster.

Spencer goes on to say that MLB might still take disciplinary action against Oviedo if and when he does return. It’s not clear whether placement on this list allows Oviedo to be paid or not.

The Marlins have plenty of bullpen candidates for open spots including Jose Ceda, Chris Hatcher, Sandy Rosario, Evan Reed, and Chad Gaudin (a non-roster invitee), so they might not even miss Oviedo’s presence.

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