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Indians restructure Fausto Carmona’s contract amid false identity charges

Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona, whose real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia, center, is escorted by police out of court in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Friday Jan. 20, 2012. Hernandez made a tearful apology as he was released on bail following his arrest on Thursday outside the U.S. Consulate in the Dominican capital as he went to get his visa renewed, for allegedly using a false identity to play baseball in the U.S. He is the second Dominican player arrested in recent weeks for using a false identity. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz)


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.