January 5th, 2012

Cabrera pleads no contest in Florida case

In case you missed it, here’s the story from the site on Miguel Cabrera’s no-contest plea in his case stemming from his arrest in St. Lucie County, Fla. last February. He’ll pay a fine and court costs amounting to about $1400 put together, plus serve a year of probation and 50 days hours community service.

The statement from Cabrera’s attorney, Michael Kessler, put the decision to settle squarely on Cabrera to avoid the trial dragging into spring training. The trial was supposed to start next Monday, but Kessler cited new material from the prosecution as reason for a delay. Once that became clear, Cabrera accepted a deal that was supposedly on the table since last fall.

“Miguel Cabrera is determined not to allow this to go on any further,” Kessler’s statement read. “He wants this behind him before the start of Spring Training. For that reason, and for that reason only, Miguel Cabrera asked me to settle this case today. The case was resolved this afternoon with a negotiated settlement, accepted by both sides and approved by the trial court judge.”

Here is the statement from the Tigers: “Miguel Cabrera has kept the organization informed on this personal matter, and we fully support his decision.”