Ever since the winter meetings, one of the most frequently asked questions in baseball has been surrounding the fate of Aroldis Chapman. After news broke that he had choked his girlfriend, and "fired eight gunshots in the garage of his Miami-area home", the baseball world has been waiting to see the league's punishment.
After months of wondering if Rob Manfred was ever going to do something, we finally have our answer.
BREAKING: Aroldis Chapman suspended 30 games by MLB under domestic violence policy, source. No appeal. Story posting momentarily @nytsports— Billy Witz (@billywitz) March 1, 2016
Chapman will lose approximately $1.7 million salary— Billy Witz (@billywitz) March 1, 2016
Chapman will also be eligible to play for the Yankees during spring training— Billy Witz (@billywitz) March 1, 2016
Chapman will be eligible to return to the Yankees on May 9th, which means that Andrew Miller will likely remain as the team's closer for the first month of the season. Dellin Betances will also return to his previous role as the set-up man to Miller.
One of the most talked about aspects of Chapman's potential suspension was the fact that the Yankees could ultimately have benefitted from it. If he had received a 40-game ban, which would have resulted in 45 days missed of the regular season, his free agency would have been delayed, and New York would have gained an extra year of the flame-throwing reliever.
Chapman will not be appealing his suspension, which Joel Sherman says could have lessened the total number of games he'll have to miss. In a statement released by Chapman, he refuted the claim that he hurt his girlfriend, but acknowledged his judgement was less than ideal.
"Today, I accepted a 30 game suspension from Major League Baseball resulting from my actions on October 30, 2015. I want to be clear, I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening. However, I should have exercised better [judgement] with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry. The decision to accept a suspension, as opposed to appealing one, was made after careful consideration. I made this decision in an effort to minimize the distractions that an appeal would cause the Yankees, my new teammates and most importantly, my family. I have learned from this matter, and I look forward to being part of the Yankees' quest for a 28th World Series title. Out of respect for my teammates and my family, I will have no further comment."
While this certainly brings some closure to the Chapman incident, his suspension will undoubtedly have an impact on Jose Reyes. He's already been placed on administrative leave, and given the fact that there are criminal charges against him, Reyes will likely wind up with a longer suspension that what Chapman received.