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David Ortiz shooting: Suspect will officially be charged with attempted murder

David Ortiz shooting: Suspect will officially be charged with attempted murder

One of the two suspects in the shooting of Red Sox legend David Ortiz will officially be charged.

Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, who was arrested immediately following the Sunday night shooting, will be charged with attempted murder, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY.

After the shooting, Garcia was badly beaten by a crowd outside the Santo Domingo bar where the incident took place. According to reports, the 25-year-old allegedly had an accomplice who has yet to be identified.

Garcia's mother told the Boston Globe that her son is innocent and as a motorcycle taxi driver, was an unwitting accomplice to the shooter, who reportedly was apprehended Tuesday.

“The whole world is against him,” Justina Garcia told Maria Cramer of the Globe, adding, “He is innocent. Please investigate this fully. Don’t accuse this innocent man.”

Garcia's lawyer, Deivi Solano, told the Globe that his client is "David Ortiz's No. 1 fan." 

“Since [Ortiz] won the World Series in 2004, he has cut out articles and pictures of Ortiz and put them on his walls,” Solano said.

Ortiz currently is recovering from his injuries at Mass General in Boston. On Tuesday, he reportedly took his first steps following his second surgery and spoke with loved ones.

While he remains in intensive care, Big Papi is expected to make a full recovery.

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MLB Rumors: Yankees offer Gerrit Cole a record contract

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MLB Rumors: Yankees offer Gerrit Cole a record contract

The Boston Red Sox may be looking to cut their payroll this offseason. But that doesn't mean that their rivals will be too.

In fact, some may spend big. And that includes the New York Yankees.

The Yankees have been reportedly interested in free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole. The former Houston Astro is expected to get a lot of money on the open market, and according to Bob Klapisch of the New York Times, the Yankees have made a record-setting offer for his services.

This would be a big signing for the Yankees, as they could use another top-tier pitcher for their starting rotation. And Cole would certainly fill that need.

Cole, 29, had one of the best seasons of his career for the Astros, logging a 20-5 record and posting a 2.50 ERA. He also struck out a league-best 326 batters and helped the Astros win the American League pennant.

While the Yankees offer is on the table, they are still competing with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels to earn his services, as Klapisch noted. We'll see if this offer is enough or if any of the teams involved in the sweepstakes up the ante.

And while the Yankees chase after Cole, the Red Sox are weighing some moves of their own. According to the latest rumors, they are expressing interest in a reunion with Rick Porcello.

Where Cole ranks among the MLB's top 10 free agent starting pitchers>>>

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox interested in a reunion with Rick Porcello

MLB Rumors: Red Sox interested in a reunion with Rick Porcello

The Boston Red Sox may be trying to cut some payroll this offseason, but that isn't going to stop them from targeting some free agents. And that may include one of their own.

According to Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald, the Red Sox are having talks with Rick Porcello about a potential reunion. While the Red Sox may be interested in Porcello, Mastrodonato wrote that "it's unclear how aggressive the Red Sox will be in their pursuit."

He also noted that a short-term, incentive-based contract may make sense for both sides.

Porcello, soon to be 31, has spent the past five seasons with the Red Sox after being acquired in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson, and Gabe Speier. He won the Cy Young Award in his second year with the team, 2016, but he has had issues in the seasons since that campaign.

In 2019, Porcello endured his worst campaign as a pro, logging a career-worst 5.52 ERA and 7.4 K/9, his worst mark since joining the Red Sox. Still, he posted a 14-12 record and still profiles as a solid back-end starter because of his ability to eat innings.

We'll soon see if the Red Sox end up being involved in the Porcello sweepstakes. If they are involved, they will have competition and may find themselves facing off with the likes of the New York Mets, who reportedly have an interest in Porcello.

Where Porcello ranks among the MLB's top 10 free agent starting pitchers>>>

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