A long suspension stemming from a domestic violence incident in October for newly-acquired Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman is "unlikely," according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.
Chapman fired eight gunshots in his Florida garage and was accused of choking his girlfriend, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. He is subject to MLB's domestic violence policy and could be fined and/or suspended.
Word is going around that a long suspension is unlikely in the case of Aroldis Chapman's alleged domestic violence incident. MLB is taking the domestic violence issue very seriously but word is the evidence may be thin in this case. The Yankees aren't saying anything beyond that they did their "due diligence" in making the trade. But suffice it to say, they wouldn't have made the deal if they thought he was in for a long suspension ... They are considering this a one-year trial run. And there's skepticism how it will go. Chapman is known around Miami as a real late-night guy, so folks wonder whether New York is the best place for him ...
The Yankees traded for Chapman on Dec. 28, giving up pitchers Rookie Davis and Caleb Cotham, and infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda. However, according to Heyman, the price for Chapman dropped significantly due to the domestic violence incident. Last year, the Reds sought either pitcher Luis Severino or outfielder Aaron Judge, two of the Yankees' top prospects.