Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says that the league will make a decision on the possible suspension of New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia before Opening Day according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.
Familia pitched in the Dominican Winter League this offseason and is expected to play for the Dominican Republic in the WBC which starts next month.
Previous Report – Feb 2
Contrary to previous reports, MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem tells Christian Red of the New York Daily News that New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia and his wife Bianca Rivas are fully cooperating with Major League Baseball’s investigation. And went further to say this, “Any media reports to the contrary are inaccurate.”
In a tweet by Buster Olney of ESPN, Familia’s agent Seth Levinson states “Jeurys and his wife have been and will continue to be completely cooperative with MLB’s investigation.”
Earlier in the offseason it was reported that Familia could still be facing a suspension of at least 30 games despite the charges being dropped against him and the incident being expunged from his record.
Original Report – Feb 1
Bob Klapisch of NorthJersey.com says that Major League Baseball has been frustrated with their investigation of Jeurys Familia, reporting that a “higher-up” said of the case, “Everyone on (Familia’s) side has clammed up.”
While his domestic violence case was dismissed earlier this offseason and his criminal record expunged, commissioner Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball are considering all available evidence in their own investigation. Their efforts are being hindered, however, because Familia’s wife as well as others close to the situation have refused to testify against the Mets closer.
Aroldis Chapman, who allegedly fired gunshots in his garage and choked his wife after an argument, was suspended 30 games to start 2016 despite his case being dropped as well. Most are estimating a suspension of the same length for Familia, which will most likely start on opening day and go through April.
Klapisch writes, “The simple assault charge Familia faced was the equivalent of a misdemeanor under New Jersey law. Had he been convicted, Familia would’ve faced a maximum of six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and two years’ probation.” Those charges were dropped so he is not facing that jail time or probation, however missing a month of play will result in his losing a much larger sum of money than $1000.
Familia will still be participating in Spring Training games as well as playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. In the likely event he is suspended, Addison Reed will assume closer duties until his return.