Tyson Gilles, the hearing-impaired outfielder Seattle traded to Philadelphia as part of the Cliff Lee trade has been arrested for possession of cocaine in Florida - stunning everyone in the Mariners organization.
"Tyson would be the last kid in the world I'd think of with that kind of thing," bench coach Roger Hansen said. "He was a good kid, driven, hard-working. I just don't know what could have happened."
What happened was this: Gilles was in Clearwater, Fla. with the Phillies minor league team when deputies saw him last week on the side of the road, waving his shirt at cars passing him by.
A deputy picked Gilles up, believed he was intoxicated and drove him to his hotel - and when Gilles was dropped off, no charges were pending. The problem? A small bag of white powder was sitting on the seat where Gilles had been, and it tested positive as cocaine.
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Gilles, who won't turn 21 until October, was then arrested.
The Phillies haven't commented on the case, nor has Gilles, who is free on $2,000 bond. For Mariners players and coaches who knew Gilles, the news was shocking.
"When I heard it, I couldn't believe it," catcher Adam Moore said.