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Indians restructure Fausto Carmona’s contract amid false identity charges

Mar 14, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

Fausto Carmona agreed to participate in a work program in exchange for false identity charges being dropped in the Dominican Republic, but the story is hardly over.

Carmona has yet to receive clearance for a visa and Jon Heyman of reports that the man now known as Roberto Hernandez Heredia has agreed to have his contract restructured by the Indians.

No word yet on the specifics because the Indians are so far declining to comment, but Carmona/Heredia was set to earn $7 million this season and his contract also includes a $9 million option for 2013 and a $14 million option for 2014.

According to Heyman the restructuring involves eliminating one of those options, which presumably must be 2014. And regardless of whatever his restructured salary is, Carmona/Heredia won’t make any money until he returns to the United States and is removed from the restricted list.

  1. number1tribefan - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Is it a minor league option or an option year that was eliminated. I’m pretty sure Fausto (errr Roberto) is out of options and Heyman was referring to a club option year, probably 2014. Thanks.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Option year.

      • number1tribefan - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        Thanks. Article was updated since my post.

  2. larryfitz11 - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Next up….. “Albert Pujols”

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Good to see his team hold him accountable for his deceit.

  4. phukyouk - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I’m a little confused. A guy lies about his identity, hurts noone, does damage to nothing, gets arrested for it ( as he should), charges are dropped but he has to have his contract restructured, why?

    on the flip side another guy shoots a gun into the air, possibly kills someone, is “cleared” of charges and is welcomed back with open arms.

    something is wrong here

    • romosexualtendencies - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      because he signed the contract under false pretense…..his age!

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        Romo: I was going to give you a thumbs up on your response cause’ you are dead on.
        However, your handle prevented me from doing so. In fact…my first instinct was to thumbs down it!

  5. The Baseball Idiot - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Union won’t let it happen.

    Never. No way. Not in a hundred years.

    Doesn’t matter that it’s the right thing and the player agreed to it.

    The union will never let this happen.

    • jollygreenmarine - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      The Union has no say in the matter. the contract was signed by Fausto Carmona, who doesn’t exist. It’s an invalid contract. If the Indians wanted, they could let him go, and I don’t believe there’s anything that could be done

      • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        Wanna bet? You’ll lose.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:23 AM

        No, TBI, JGM won’t lose. There are plenty of offenses where the union can’t stop teams from tearing up contracts. When Aaron Boone blew out his ACL playing basketball, that was in violation of the terms of his contract, and the Yankees voided it. Union didn’t say a peep. If they can’t stop a contract being voided for violation of a clause, do you really think they could stop one from being voided because the player lied about who he was and how old he was?

  6. tcostant - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    And one more minor revision, the name of who the contract is with…

  7. chiadam - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I think they should out a question mark on his jersey where his alias / name would appear.

    • jwbiii - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      So he’s really Rudy Martinez?

  8. davyd83 - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Quite simply, Mr Heredia comitted fraud.

  9. astrosfan75956 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    What a doucher. Just give them your real name and age and it won’t happen.

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