Reds utility player Ryan Freel was arrested early Sunday morning in Tampa, Fla., and charged with disorderly intoxication, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Attributing from a report by the Hillsborough County jail, the newspaper said that Freel was arrested at 3:35 a.m., refused to take a breathalyzer test and listed his occupation as "unemployed." The charge is a second-degree misdemeanor, and the 29-year-old was released later in the day on a $250 bond. Freel was re-signed by Cincinnati to a two-year contract worth a guaranteed $3 million on Dec. 19. He batted .271 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 103 games during the 2005 season.
MLB.com left a phone message for Freel on Sunday night. Reds general manager Dan O'Brien withheld a response to his player's situation. "All I can tell you is that we're still gathering all the facts," O'Brien told MLB.com. "Until we have all the facts, I don't feel it's appropriate for me to comment. Hopefully, we'll know more over the next 24-48 hours." This was Freel's second arrest within a year. On April 4, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Bellevue, Ky. He pleaded guilty, paid a $500 fine and had his license suspended 90 days.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.