The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona, now known as Roberto Hernandez Heredia, had been charged with false identity in his home country, the Dominican Republic.
Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic agreed to a deal with Hernandez on Monday to have the false identity charges against him dropped in exchange for the completion of a work program in his home country, according to The Associated Press. Hernandez remains on Major League Baseball’s restricted list.
Not only does he remain on the restricted list, there’s no guarantee he can get the work visa that all foreign players need to work in Major League Baseball. And then there’s this:
Sources: fausto carmona (heredia) contract has been restrcutured/reduced. 2012 salary was lowered and 1 option eliminated
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 14, 2012
Carmona/Hernandez’s contract called for him to get $7 million this year and had team option years of $9 million for 2013 and $12 million for 2014. It’s not clear what the current reduction is nor which of the options was eliminated, but it’s certain that he will make less money than he had planned — if he ever gets back to Cleveland to pitch at all.