Major League Baseball appears to be nearing decisions on discipline for Jose Reyes, Yasiel Puig, and Aroldis Chapman - the first three players to be investigated under the new domestic violence policy - with rulings expected to come down before camps open next month, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
If the commissioner's office can't reach a verdict before spring training begins, decisions will be made no later than March 1, the unofficial start of the exhibition schedule. The league's new policy on domestic violence has no stipulations relating specifically to spring training, though, stating only that "there is no minimum or maximum penalty" while authorizing the commissioner to "issue the discipline he believes is appropriate in light of the severity of the conduct."
Earlier this offseason, Reyes - the Colorado Rockies' recently acquired shortstop - became the first player to prompt an MLB investigation under the new policy after being arrested Oct. 31 in Hawaii for allegedly assaulting his wife. Reyes, who pleaded not guilty to a charge of domestic abuse, allegedly grabbed his wife, Katherine, by the throat and shoved her into the sliding glass door of their hotel room, resulting in injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist, according to Hawaii News Now.
Less than a month later, the league launched another investigation after Puig, the polarizing Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, was involved in a bar fight in Miami in which he allegedly pushed his sister, according to a report from TMZ. Shortly thereafter, however, a spokesman for the Miami Police Department refuted the allegation that Puig got physical with his sister.
"To the best of our knowledge, the only physical altercation was between the bouncer and Puig," he told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Chapman, the most recent player to be investigated, allegedly assaulted his girlfriend in a domestic incident in October wherein he also fired eight gunshots in the garage of his Miami residence. Still, the allegations (and possible suspension) didn't deter the New York Yankees from trading for him last month, acquiring him from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for four minor-leaguers.