LOS ANGELES -- Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley has been charged with abusing his estranged wife and faces up to 13 years in jail if convicted, city prosecutors announced Friday.
Bradley, 34, was charged on Thursday with 13 misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and dissuading a witness from making a report.
In addition to jail time, Bradley could face up to 13,000 in fines and restitution if convicted.
He remained free pending a scheduled Jan. 24 arraignment.
Prosecutors contend that Bradley threatened and attacked his wife five times in 2011 and 2012. He was twice arrested at the home in 2011 (see full story).
Fukodome returns to Japan
OSAKA, Japan -- Former major league outfielder Kosuke Fukudome has returned to Japan where he will play for the Hanshin Tigers of the Central League.
"I'm sure Japanese baseball has changed a lot in the six years I've been away," Fukudome said on Hanshin's website. "I hope the players around me will help me get re-adjusted."
Fukudome made the National League All-Star team in his rookie season with Chicago but never quite lived up to the expectations in his 3-12 seasons with the Cubs.
Jays sign Blanco
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays and catcher Henry Blanco have agreed to terms on a one-year, 750,000 non-guaranteed contract.
The team announced the deal Friday.
The 41-year-old Blanco played in 21 games for Arizona last season, batting .188 with one home run and seven RBIs, before torn ligament in his left thumb ended his season in August.
In 15 major league seasons, Blanco has hit .227 with 69 home runs and 284 RBIs with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, New York Mets and Diamondbacks.
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