Felipe Vazquez, the 28-year-old pitcher the Dodgers attempted to acquire from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline, was arrested Tuesday morning on charges that include the solicitation of a child, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a news release.
The relationship allegedly began in Lee County, Florida and according to officials, Vazquez had recently sent her a video of himself performing an act that is sexual in nature.
Police say that girl, who is now 15, recently received text messages from Vazquez, who reportedly suggested they could meet with each other after the season.
Authorities said additional charges may also be filed depending on the completion of forensic exams.
Several electronic devices were seized from Vasquez's apartment in Pittsburgh during the investigation. Vazquez is expected to be extradited to Florida.
Vazquez, 28, was arrested Tuesday by authorities from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, WPXI reports. Frank Coonelly, the Pirates' president, said the franchise is taking the matter "extremely seriously", but no one involved in the organization can comment any further since it's an ongoing legal proceeding. The Commissioner's Office will immediately place Felipe Vázquez on Administrative Leave (and, as a result, Restricted List) pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA Policy. "As a result, the organization, our staff and players can not comment any further at this time".
Vazquez is a back-to-back All-Star who has saved 65 games over the last two seasons with a 2.22 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 126 appearances. As long as Vazquez is on administrative leave, he will not be paid. Punches were thrown, and Vazquez required six stitches on his nose as a result.
Pittsburgh Pirates' closer Felipe Vázquez has found himself under arrest on charges of pornography and soliciting a child.