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Fausto Carmona released from jail on $13,000 bond

Jan 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Fausto Carmona‘s stay in a Dominican jail was a short one, as the Indians right-hander was freed today on $13,000 bond after being arrested yesterday for allegedly falsifying his identity.

Carmona, whose real name is reportedly Roberto Hernandez Heredia, apologized to the Indians and their fans upon his release and according to the Associated Press he “was ordered to check in with prosecutors as their investigation continues.”

In addition to the false name Carmona is apparently 31 years old, rather than the previously believed 28, which could provide the Indians with the means to void his $7 million contract for 2012. He may also struggle to get an approved visa in time for spring training, in which case they could place him on the unpaid restricted list.

Leo Nunez was also arrested last month when Dominican authorities learned that his real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, but he was ultimately released without being charged and later signed a $6 million contract with the Marlins. Oviedo may also have problems securing a visa, however.

  1. phukyouk - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    “Fausto Carmona released from jail on $13,000 bond”


  2. dsimp724 - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Should have gone with ron mexico…never fails

    • - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Ron Mexico is even a hispanic name.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I would have gone with Mike Hunt…because it’s still funny after all these years.

    • dluxxx - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Heywood Jablome, would get my vote…

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      Hugh G. Rekshin

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

        Hugh Jass

  4. randygnyc - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    He should of just went with Roy Halliday. Can see it now; “yes, I’m THE Oy Halliday. He’s the imposter, and just gettin’ lucky”

    • ptfu - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Sure, why not. HBT’s got someone impersonating Halladay’s Bicepts, might as well finish the deal in MLB and impersonate the rest of Halladay.

  5. butchhuskey - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Dick Hertz is always good for a laugh. “Dick Hertz? Who’s Dick Hertz?”

    “Mine does, unfortunately.”

    • jwbiii - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      You should meet his wife, Fannie.

  6. Jonny 5 - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    So who thinks his contract gets voided over this??? I think it does. I don’t think he was worth his pay last season. This also gets them out of paying him a guaranteed 9 million in 2013 I do believe.

    • dluxxx - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      I think it is possible, but at the same time, it’s hard to void a MLB contract, even if there is identity fraud. It’ll be drawn out in the courts, and in the meantime, if “old what’s his name” manages to get a work visa to come back to the states, he’ll most certainly pitch until they get it ironed out.

    • jwbiii - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      I don’t think the fake ID issue is enough to void his contract, although I haven’t seen the current CBA. However, Juan Oviedo/Leo Nunez has been waiting for a visa since September. Jairo Asencio/Luis Valdez missed an entire season. Heredia/Carmona may spend a lot of time on the (unpaid) restricted list this season.

    • jwbiii - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      The $7M was an option. If Cleveland didn’t think he was worth it, they wouldn’t have picked it up.

  7. JBerardi - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Does anyone else think that his main motivation was that “Fausto Carmona” is a waaaaaaaaaaay cooler name than “Roberto Hernandez Heredia”?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      More like it was probably the name of someone he knew – I doubt Juan Carlos Oviedo’s idea was completely unique.

      • JBerardi - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        Yeah, and why do you think he picked that guy? Because of his badass name. Fausto Carmona. Like a Bond villain or something.

  8. randygnyc - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    If it was long term, I’d think they’d void it. I think it covers this year with an option. He’s pretty good for 7 million. In fact, relatively cheap in comparison.

  9. Detroit Michael - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Fausto made a deal with the devil.

    • cur68 - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      Don’t worry Mike, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe woulda seen what you did there.

      • Old Gator - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:48 AM

        So would Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Mann, Robert Johnson, Mikhail Bulgakov, Ira Levin and Sherman Alexie. And every accountant has to deal with one of the two greatest guys in the universe on a daily basis because, as we all know, the Devil is in the details.

      • cur68 - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:36 AM

        They should check in with some + thumbs then. Can’t imagine whats keeping them…

  10. jwbiii - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

  11. crisisjunky - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Seems more Venezuelan players should go into this MLB Witness Protection system,
    so as to confuse potential professional kidnappers, and protect themselves and family members
    from dangerous situations akin to the Ramos case.

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