Jeurys Familia

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Jerry Blevins #39 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves on September 20, 2016 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Report: Mets to sign left-hander Jerry Blevins

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Free agent left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins picked up a contract with the Mets on Friday night, per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman and the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff. The deal is for one year, $6 million with a club option for the 2018 season. Contract details have yet to be confirmed by the team.

Blevins rebounded nicely in 2016 after sustaining a season-ending forearm fracture during his first run with the Mets in 2015. The 33-year-old turned in a 2.79 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and career-best 11.1 SO/9 over 42 innings with the club. He is expected to help bolster the bullpen in the absence of fellow reliever Jeurys Familia, who is likely to serve a 30-game suspension in 2017 following charges of domestic violence.

Per Heyman, the deal is still pending a physical.

Hal Steinbrenner on Aroldis Chapman’s past: “Sooner or later, we forget, right?”

DENVER, CO - JUNE 15: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Colorado Rockies  in the eighth inning at Coors Field on June 15, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Colorado won 6-3.(Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images)
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At the quarterly owners’ meetings on Thursday, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner made a pointed defense of closer Aroldis Chapman, who was suspended for the first 30 games of the 2016 season following an October 2015 domestic violence incident during which he allegedly pushed and choked his girlfriend, then shot a gun eight times in his garage. She ran outside and hid in some bushes, then called 911.

Steinbrenner, Via Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports:

Quite frankly it was manageable the minute he got here last year,’’ Steinbrenner said at the quarterly owners’ meetings Thursday. “He was great. Look, he admitted he messed up. He paid the penalty. Sooner or later, we forget, right? That’s the way we’re supposed to be in life. He did everything right, and said everything right, when he was with us.’

Well, no, you don’t forget. Chapman was one of a handful of players — along with Hector Olivera, Jeurys Familia, and Jose Reyes — involved in domestic violence incidents recently and became the first player to be suspended by Major League Baseball under its new domestic violence policy. Chapman’s girlfriend did not cooperate with authorities, which is not uncommon behavior among domestic violence victims. Many fear that if their abusers are punished (fined, fired, etc.) they will retaliate against them. Victims often stay silent or change their stories in order to protect the abuser. However, Major League Baseball does not need a conviction in order to levy a punishment and, as a result, commissioner Rob Manfred levied a 30-game suspension on Chapman, attempting to make an example out of him.

The Yankees traded Chapman to the eventual World Series-winning Cubs mid-season, but brought the flame-throwing lefty back on a five-year, $86 million contract in December. As Nightengale writes, “When you can throw 105 MPH, it accelerates forgiveness.”

Steinbrenner insisted that Yankees fans “love [Chapman].” He said, “There are so few baseball players that I feel can really get fans to buy a ticket and bring their kids to their game, and he’s one of them.”

Not only does a 105 MPH fastball make a billionaire owner forgive Chapman, it makes the scores of Yankees fans across the country forgive him, too. While we can’t control whether or not other people forgive him, we can at least control whether or not he’s remembered as a miscreant.

Major League Baseball refutes the claim that the Familias have not cooperated

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Yesterday Bob Klapisch wrote a column passing along a claim from a source, characterized as “Major League officials” and “one higher-up,” that Mets reliever Jeurys Familia and his wife were not cooperating with Major League Baseball’s investigation into the domestic violence incident which led to his arrest last October.

Major League Baseball has refuted that claim, releasing the following statement to the New York Daily News:

“Mr. Familia and his spouse have fully cooperated with our investigation. Any media reports to the contrary are inaccurate.”

As we said yesterday, any leaking about what may or may not be going in with the investigation is inappropriate. Leaking that casts the victim of an incident of domestic violence in a bad light is even worse. It’s good to hear the league, on the record, refuting that the accuracy of such a claim.