Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez arrested, charged with child solicitation


He was denied bond, with the judge saying she believed Vazquez was a flight risk, the newspaper reported.

Felipe Vazquez, the 28-year-old pitcher the Dodgers attempted to acquire from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline, was arrested Tuesday morning on charges that include the solicitation of a child, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a news release.

The girl allegedly received a text message from Vazquez in July which showed him performing a sex act. Vazquez also sent messages suggesting the two would meet for sex following the end of the baseball season. If the state is able to move forward with these and/or other charges, Vazquez could reach a plea agreement or face trial.

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Officials say Vasquez also sent the girl text messages suggesting they would meet for sex after the Major League Baseball season ended. Authorities matched the evidence to Vazquez's phone number. Several electronic devices were seized and will be examined as part of this investigation.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating Vazquez, 28, in August. Pittsburgh is scheduled to play at home against Seattle on Tuesday night. "We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously". The Pirates have placed Vazquez on administrative leave. A player can remain on leave up to seven days, but it can be extended if MLB and the MLB Players Association agree to it.

Vazquez will be paid while on administrative leave, but the Pirates could attempt to void his contract. Last week, he was involved in a fight with teammate Kyle Crick which resulted in Crick needing season-ending surgery for a finger injury sustained in the brawl. Punches were thrown, and Vazquez required six stitches on his nose as a result.