Former major league All-Star closer Ugueth Urbina spent Christmas as a free man after he was released from a Venezuelan prison after serving more than five years on an attempted-murder conviction.
Urbina was accused of attacking multiple men on his property in November 2005, allegedly trying to set them on fire and going after at least one with a machete. He was convicted in March 2007 and given a 14-year sentence.
The incident ended an 11-year career in which Urbina, 38, twice made the All-Star team. He led the National League with 41 saves for the Montreal Expos in 1999.
Urbina broke in with Montreal in 1995, and he played with the Expos until a July 2001 trade sent him to the Boston Red Sox. He spent two years in Boston, earning 40 saves in 2002.
Later in his career, Urbina pitched for the Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies. He earned four postseason saves in 2003 while helping the Marlins win the World Series.
In 583 career appearances, including 21 starts, Urbina went 44-49 with 237 saves and a 3.45 ERA.