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Pirates Felipe Vazquez Arrested and Charged for Soliciting Child

Dodgers’ trade deadline target Felipe Vazquez is going down.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 31: Felipe Vazquez #73 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on May 31, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

One of the best left-handed relievers in the game, Pirates’ closer Felipe Vazquez, has been arrested and charged with one count of child pornography, solicitation of a child, and providing obscene material to minors.

Vazquez was widely considered to be the Dodgers’ biggest trade target at this year’s deadline.

Investigation Report

Here are the details of the investigation out of Lee County, Florida:

“FDLE’s investigation began in August of this year after agents obtained information that Vazquez had a reported sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female victim who resides in Lee County. The victim, now 15 years of age, was continuing to have a relationship with Vazquez via text messaging and received a video in July from him in which he is shown performing a sex act. Additionally, Vazquez allegedly sent the victim text messages suggesting they would meet after his baseball season was over.”

As Jeff Passan of ESPN put it: disgusting.

Administrative Leave

In addition, Vazquez has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball after the reported charges:

This is purely disgusting. We can all be happy that the Dodgers did NOT trade for Vazquez and did not mortgage their future — Gavin Lux, Dustin May, and/or Keibert Ruiz — for a person like this.

Team Statement

The president of the Pirates, Frank Coonelly, released a statement regarding Felipe Vazquez:

“Today, we were made aware of an active law enforcement investigation involving Felipe Vazquez and his subsequent arrest. We take this matter and these charges in particular, extremely seriously. We have informed the Commissioner’s Office of the investigation and arrest. The Commissioner’s Office will immediately place Felipe Vazquez on Administrative Leave (and, as a result, Restricted List) pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA Policy. We need to be respectful to all involved and the ongoing legal proceeding. As a result, the organization, our staff and players cannot comment any further at this time.”

Overall

We will see more updates as time progresses, but wow. Simply, wow.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Sick sick man that would take interest in a child dos this man have kids i really hope not because damn sick sick man shaking my head

  2. Well, I guess we won’t be hearing from all those armchair critics who jumped all over Friedman for not trading Lux @ the deadline for this pedophile huh? (Yes, you know who you are). As they say…..”sometimes the best trades are the ones you never make……..”

    • Yes, i obviously am glad Dodgers did not trade for him because just imagine a public relations nightmare this would have been had they traded Lux, May or another player for Vazquez, and at the same time still fail in the PS. It is a sad day for me in particular because today would have been my late older sister Lydia’s 67th birthday and she was taken from us way too soon.

    • Imagine this nightmare. Trading away the future for a guy that’s not even going to play in this years playoffs and potentially never again

  3. Similar reason the Dodgers backed-off acquiring Aroldis Chapman, because he had some domestic violence issues? How about then keeping Urias on the team for his transgression?

    • Robin, the young lady who was allegedly the victim of Urias’s abuse never came forward to give testimony against him; in fact, she stated that no abuse took place. And, as stated below, she was not thirteen years of age, but an adult. I am not excusing Urias’s behavior, just making a point that Vasquez left a trail of evidence a mile long. In fact, he was identified by the tattoos on his body contained in a video he sent to this teenager. Go Blue!!!

  4. Robin, one thing is that Urias was already here, and quite possibly they didn’t view what Urias allegedly did was all that serious, just guessing here. Besides, if I recall he was never formerly charged by the LAPD . However, I am sure Dodgers have taken measures to ensure Urias never goes along that ‘path’ again, wss.

  5. Huh? Hey bozo! The child was 13 years old! “willing participant” you’re a friggin moron and should be investigated for pedophilia as well!

    • Look up the facts Tony Bolony there was no forcing she was ok with engaging in activity with him that might be hard for you to accept but it’s the cold hard truth

      • Pete I had 3 girls to raise as a single dad. Their mom left. And I had to chase older guys (above 18) off. Look at it from my side. In my state, it is statutory rape. THAT is the fact. Mandatory prison if convicted. THAT is the cold hard truth.

        • Who’s arguing if it’s a crime or not? The cold hard truth is she’s a weirdo as well for being into grown men, her parent needs to get that in check (likely no dad) Your daughters were normal, but she is not. Obviously he should go to prison for his crimes.

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