It was the talk of the MLB world yesterday, Cincinnati Reds’ coveted closer Aroldis Chapman had been dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers Reds for two minor leaguers on Monday, but that deal is reportedly in limbo as MLB is investigating the incident under its new domestic violence policy.
A source told ESPN’s Buster Olney that the MLB investigation is not holding up the trade and that it’s up to the teams as to how they want to proceed. The Dodgers are reportedly unsure of what direction they’ll take.
Chapman’s girlfriend told police the incident started when she questioned Chapman about something suspicious on his cellphone. Chapman admitted to police that he fired the gun but denied that he had choked his girlfriend.
According to the police report, officers stated that they did not make any arrests because of inconsistencies in stories and lack of physical evidence of injuries. Assistant State Attorney Marcie Zaccor said there was insufficient evidence to charge Chapman in the incident.
Per MLB’s domestic violence policy, a violator could be subject to suspension or a fine at the discretion of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Monday night that while the deal is not dead, it could take weeks to complete, adding more clouds of confusion to Chapman and the trades status.
“The trade is still possible,” Jocketty told reporters. “We’ve talked to several clubs. I’ve notified them all [Monday] that we will step back for a couple of weeks or whatever it takes. They were fine. This actually came up the last 24 hours. That’s not what held up the trade. We just weren’t able to complete it as fast as we wanted to.”
Chapman’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, told Yahoo! Sports on Monday night, “I’ve reviewed the facts as portrayed. On behalf of Mr. Chapman, we vehemently deny the allegations as stated. Beyond that, we have no further comment at this time.”
The Boston Globe reported that the Boston Red Sox were exploring a trade for Chapman before their trade with the San Diego Padres that brought them Craig Kimbrel last month, but they passed after a background check turned up the alleged domestic violence incident.