Authorities in the Dominican Republic are launching an investigation into allegations that Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano was involved in the kidnapping and assault of a man, prosecutors said Thursday. The Twins, however, said they were told that Sanó was acquitted of the charges.
Sano, who signed a three-year, $ 30 million contract with the Twins in January, denies the allegations and has said he is being blackmailed.
The player appeared Thursday in a hearing at the Prosecutor’s Office in his hometown of San Pedro de Macorís. The hearing was called so that the parties could present their versions of the events and seek conciliation, but none was reached.
Given the impossibility of reconciling, the Dominican justice system will open an investigation into the case, according to the prosecution. No charges have been filed against Sanó. “My lawyers take care of that. I do not know. They are what those who know, I do not know about this, “Sano told The Associated Press when asked about what awaits him in the case. The Twins’ executive vice president Derek Falvey said the organization was informed Thursday morning that Sanó was acquitted of the allegations by Dominican authorities and that he would not face criminal charges.