MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been placed on paid administrative leave “pending completion of his criminal proceedings in Hawaii, pursuant to Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.”
According to the announcement, once Reyes’ trial is completed Manfred “will make a decision whether to impose discipline.” Reyes’ trial is scheduled to begin April 4, which is the same day the Rockies’ season begins. Acquired from the Blue Jays in the Troy Tulowitzki trade, Reyes is under contract for $22 million this season.
Reyes was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife on Halloween, giving MLB ample time to impose discipline, but clearly Manfred is relying on the court system to play a big role in the end result of the 32-year-old shortstop’s on-field status.
There were also reports that the Rockies wanted nothing to do with Reyes being at their spring training camp while his case was ongoing and his eventual discipline was undecided, so this gives them an official excuse not to have him in attendance.
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Monday: “The whole thing, soup to nuts, the whole thing, is held underneath this policy. That’s why I am saying that any communication or contact to this point has been limited, because we are beholden to this policy, which is all-encompassing.”