SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Miami Marlins reliever Leo Nunez apologized Friday for using a fake name and age, saying he falsified his identify when he was young so he could play professional baseball.
“I apologize to my supporters, my fans,” he said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. “It was a mistake I made as a child and with God’s help everything will turn out OK.”
His real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo and he’s 29, a year older than listed in the Marlins’ media guide.
He spoke to the AP in the Dominican Republic one day after he was arrested and released on a charge of using a false identity. Officials said he would not be prosecuted because he was cooperating with a larger investigation of fake documents.
In September, the Marlins placed him on baseball’s restricted list after Dominican authorities said he was implicated in the case.
Nunez had 36 saves and a 4.06 ERA in 68 games this season with the Marlins.
• Left-hander Mark Buehrle signed his $58 million, four-year contract with the Marlins after passing a physical.
Buehrle has won at least 10 games and pitched at least 200 innings each of the past 11 seasons, all for the Chicago White Sox.
RAYS: Two months after becoming the youngest starting pitcher to win a team’s opening playoff game, Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore has agreed to an eight-year contract that could be worth up to $39.75 million.
The 22-year-old made his major league debut for the Rays in September, going 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in three appearances.
TIGERS: Octavio Dotel reached an agreement with Detroit on a one-year deal, with a team option for 2013. When he takes the mound for the Tigers next season, the right-handed reliever will be playing for a record 13th major league franchise.
The 38-year-old Dotel is currently tied with Matt Stairs, Mike Morgan and Ron Villone after appearing in a game with 12 franchises.
DIAMONDBACKS: Arizona fortified its rotation by acquiring right-handed starter Trevor Cahill from the Oakland Athletics in a trade.
The Diamondbacks also received relief pitcher Craig Breslow and cash considerations. The Athletics will receive pitcher Jarrod Parker, outfielder Collin Cowgill and relief pitcher Ryan Cook. Arizona also agreed to terms with first baseman Lyle Overbay on a one-year contract.
TRADE: The Washington Nationals traded Collin Balester to the Detroit Tigers for Ryan Perry in a swap of right-handed relievers.