Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for rest of season for failing to comply with contract


UPDATE: According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers say that Arruebarrena has been suspended for the rest of the season “for repeated failures to comply with his contract.”

4:35 p.m. ET: Back in 2013, under a different front office, the Dodgers signed Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25 million deal.

He played briefly in the majors last season, hitting .195 in 22 games, and his performance in the minors was so disappointing that they dropped him from the 40-man roster this offseason and no team claimed him off waivers.

And now Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register reports that the Dodgers have suspended Arruebarrena indefinitely for undisclosed “disciplinary reasons.”

President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman declined to give any details other than to say there was no violation of MLB rules, but Arruebarrena has not played a game at any level this season. He’s losing out on a $3 million salary for this season as long as he’s suspended, which suggests Arruebarrena and his agent will either eventually put up a fight or they realize he did enough to warrant the significant lost pay.