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.

Report: Guardians, 1B Josh Bell reach 2-year, $33M deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.

Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.

Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.

The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.

The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.