Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly known as Leo Nunez) was once an up-and-coming closer for the Miami Marlins. After recording three consecutive seasons of 25-plus saves, the Marlins were confident that they had found their closer of the future.
Not so fast.
Reports surfaced late last year after Oviedo was arrested in the Dominican Republic and and released after lying about his name and age when he was young so that he could realize his dreams of playing professional baseball. When the news broke, Oviedo was actually 29 years old, not 28.
As a result, the Marlins placed him on the team's restricted list in September.
On Sunday, Major League Baseball took action against the now 30-year-old right-hander.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Major League Baseball will suspend Oviedo for six weeks. following his removal from the team's restricted list.
The United States has denied Oviedo a visa to return and play baseball, but he is currently home in the Dominican Republic doing the community service necessary to receive one.
Although no timetable has been offered as to when Oviedo will receive his visa, Jackson calls the acquisition of one "inevitable."
Oviedo's time as Marlins closer is over, even when he does return. Former San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell was signed to a three-year deal this offseason, and he will provide stability in the back end of the bullpen.
Upon his return, Oviedo will likely become the team's primary setup man. Currently, that role will be held by Edward Mujica. He compiled a 2.96 ERA in 76 innings for the team last season.
If Oviedo is able to resolve his issues and obtain a visa, look for him to provide even more stability to an already strong Miami bullpen.
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