Former Major Leaguer Ambiorix Burgos is being held by police in the Dominican Republic on charges of kidnapping and attempted murder, according to The Associated Press. The charges stem from an incident in which he allegedly tried to feed his ex-wife rat poison.
Burgos, 26, was ordered by a judge in Santo Domingo to remain in prison for three months while prosecutors prepare a case against him. Burgos is believed to have sent death threats to Dilenia Reynoso, then police contend that he kidnapped her from a prosecutor's home, where she was hiding out.
The arrest continues a string of run-ins with law enforcement for Burgos, who was charged in 2008 with a fatal hit-and-run accident that took the lives of two women. The charges were later dropped. The incident happened a month after Burgos was arrested for assault in New York, with prosecutors claiming that he bit and slapped his girlfriend. He was convicted of the charges in 2009 and ordered to serve nine months in prison.
A right-handed pitcher, Burgos spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues. He debuted in 2005 with the Royals, with whom he spent two seasons, then was traded to the Mets in 2007, in a deal that sent pitcher Brian Bannister to Kansas City.
Sunil Joshi is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.