MLB suspends Rockies' Jose Reyes for domestic violence incident
Reyes will be suspended without pay through May 31.
MLB on Friday announced that Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been suspended through May 31 under the league's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. The unpaid suspension is retroactive to Feb. 23, when Reyes was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of MLB's investigation. Given that retroactive component, this is tantamount to a 51-game suspension.
The suspension stems from an incident in Maui hotel room between Reyes and his wife that occurred on Halloween night of last year. Katherine Reyes originally told police that an argument in the couple's hotel room at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea turned violent on Halloween night of last year and that she sustained injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist. Reyes was arrested and released after posting $1,000 bail. He later pleaded not guilty to the charges. Reyes was not prosecuted because his wife declined to cooperate with the investigation.
Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement through the league:
My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Jose Reyes committed an act of domestic violence on October 31, 2015. The investigation was prolonged and complicated initially by the existence of a pending criminal proceeding against Mr. Reyes in Hawaii involving the same allegation, which has since been dismissed. Mr. Reyes cooperated fully with my office's investigation. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Reyes violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on May 31st. I am encouraged by Mr. Reyes' commitment to the treatment provisions of the Policy in order to ensure that such an incident does not occur in the future. Mr. Reyes also agreed to contribute a total of $100,000 to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence."
As part of the agreement, Reyes will not appeal the suspension.
Reyes, 32, is under contract for 2016-17 at $22 million per. This means he'll lose a little more than $7 million because of this suspension. His contract also includes a $22 million option/$4 million buyout for 2018.
He'll return to the Rockies without a clear role, as rookie Trevor Story has shined as the team's regular shortstop and projects as more valuable than Reyes moving forward.
That the suspension isn't as long as some speculated it would be may ramp up trade interest in the veteran infielder. ESPN's Buster Olney reports that that's indeed the case.
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