Roberto Osuna may be a talented pitcher, but his actions off the field are going to cost him, at the very least, a significant portion of his paycheck and could cost him his career.
Blue Jays’ reliever Roberto Osuna has been a consistent performer on the field as he is coming off a season which saw him post a 3.0 fWAR and was off to a strong start to this season as well.
Unfortunately, his performance on the field has nothing to do with the reason why the Blue Jays will be without him for a while. On May 8th, Osuna was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman and his status with MLB has been in limbo ever since. He is currently set to go to trial on July 9th, but his punishment from MLB was handed down today.
Osuna’s suspension effectively amounts to a 75 game suspension when one takes into account the suspension is retroactive to May 8th.
Osuna will be eligible to return from suspension on August 4th, but it remains to be seen if he will be able to. With his trial for said assault charges scheduled for the beginning of July, it is entirely possible that he could face jail time which would obviously impact his ability to play and could impact whether the Blue Jays take the step to release Osuna altogether.
The Blue Jays, in response to the league’s announcement, released a brief statement.