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.
Cons: As far as closers (or potential closers) go, Dyson is not much of a strikeout pitcher. Also, Jake Diekman has pitched well enough to lay claim to the closer’s role, should the need arise.
3. Sean Doolittle, Athletics (38 percent owned)
Sean Doolittle RP / Oakland Athletics (2016 STATS)
IP: 13 2/3 ERA: 3.95 K: 14 BB: 5
Pros: Doolittle was stellar as the A’s closer two seasons ago, when he was first elevated to the role. His velocity has rebounded to where it was in 2014 after recovering from last season’s shoulder issues. Doolittle’s strong control could be a welcome change of pace, if Madson’s recent wildness persists.
1. Dodgers LAA2, @LAA2, @SD3
2. Pirates ATL4, COL3
3. Mariners @BAL3, @CIN3
4. Indians CIN2, @CIN2, @BOS3
5. Cubs @MIL3, @SF3
The Dodgers get the Angels’ patchwork rotation for four games and miss both James Shields and Drew Pomeranz when they travel to San Diego, so they’re sitting pretty this week. And with nothing but right-handers on the schedule, Joc Pederson and Chase Utley especially are. It’s rare that they get to play a full week, but both have the splits to take advantage, posting an OPS over .900 against righties. Yasmani Grandal isn’t as available in CBSSports.com leagues, but he’s a more likely play for Head-to-Head owners, with their smaller roster sizes, especially given his recent power surge.
The winter before last, the A.J. Preller-led Padres had become the league’s most active dealers. Nary a day passed without Preller making some trade or another. Yet since last spring’s Craig Kimbrel swap, Preller has become conservative, perhaps overly so. He passed on dealing Justin Upton and Ian Kennedy prior to the trade deadline, and somehow exited the winter with his rotation intact.
Presumably, Preller intended for the Padres to contend this season — or to feign competitiveness, anyway (to be fair, they’re just 2 1/2 games back entering Friday night). More realistically, though, Preller probably hoped Cashner would pitch well enough to reject a qualifying offer at season’s end. Or, at minimum, that teams would pony up for Cashner and/or Ross (a free agent after 2017) as August 1 neared. In retrospect, however, it appears the Padres likely missed their window to maximize their returns on both — meaning, in basic terms, that the Padres will have undercut their rebuilding efforts by waiting too long to make a move.