Jeurys Familia

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05:  Conor Gillaspie #21 of the San Francisco Giants hits a three-run homerun in the ninth inning against the New York Mets during their National League Wild Card game at Citi Field on October 5, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Giants, Conor Gillaspie avoid arbitration

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The Giants and third baseman Conor Gillaspie have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $1.4 million salary for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Gillaspie, 29, was eligible for arbitration in his second of three years. This past season, he stepped to the plate 205 times for the Giants, batting .262/.307/.440 with six home runs and 25 RBI. Of course, he’s remembered most for his tie-breaking and eventual game-winning three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning off of Mets closer Jeurys Familia in the National League Wild Card game. Gillaspie’s blast sent the Giants to the NLDS but they were sent home by the eventual world champion Cubs.

Eduardo Nunez is expected to get regular starts at the hot corner in 2017, so Gillaspie will serve as his backup.

Jeurys Familia likely to be suspended for at least 30 games

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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News is reporting that Mets closer Jeurys Familia is likely to receive a suspension of at least 30 games as a result of the domestic violence incident that led to his arrest in October.

As we noted yesterday, domestic assault charges against Familia were dismissed yesterday. Nevertheless, Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy is not contingent upon a successful criminal prosecution or even on charges being filed. Aroldis Chapman was never arrested or charged following the incident at his home in December of last year. Jose Reyes was charged and later had charges dropped as well. Both received suspensions. As, it seems, will be the case with Familia.

As far as the on-the-field implications go, the Mets will likely use Addison Reed to close games while Familia serves his suspension.

Criminal charges against Jeurys Familia dismissed

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The criminal domestic violence case against Mets reliever Jeurys Familia has been dismissed.

A hearing took place in Fort Lee, New Jersey today, after which the charges were dropped. As Jim Baubach of Newsday reported in a series of tweets from the courthouse, the hearing involved an interview of Familia’s wife by the prosecutors and meetings with the judge. Afterward, Familia was allowed by the judge to leave via a back door, out of sight of most of the press.

The case arose out of an October 31 incident in which Familia’s wife, Bianca Rivas, called police and was found to have been scratched and bruised. In dismissing the case the prosecutor said that the scratches and bruises had explanations that were “unrelated to domestic violence.” At least one of the scratches, the prosecutor said, was inflicted by Rivas’ and Familia’s son.

With legal proceedings concluded, the ball is now in Major League Baseball’s court as it will determine whether Familia will face suspension under the league’s Domestic Violence Policy which does not hinge on the successful and completed prosecution of the accused player. Aroldis Chapman and Jose Reyes, for example, were given suspensions despite no charges even being filed in the former’s case and charges being dismissed in the latter’s case.