The closer formerly known as Leo Nunez could make a return to Major League Baseball in 2012, either as a member of the soon-to-be Miami Marlins or as trade bait before the start of the season.
Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest expressed optimism Tuesday afternoon that Juan Carlos Oviedo (nee Leo Nunez) will have his identity and immigration issues sorted out in time for next season.
The closer was placed on the restricted list late in the season as he boarded a flight to the Dominican Republic to turn himself in for playing under an assumed name. Oviedo had spent his entire career known as Leo Nunez, the name of a childhood friend.
"I’m not real comfortable going into the ins and outs of it," Beinfest said on Tuesday, "but we have been in communication with Baseball. There's been some work quietly on the immigration side and his status. He’s been very cooperative and the team has worked very hard to try to get clarity."
Now that his name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, ...