DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was suspended on Friday without pay through May 31 for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence Policy. In total, his suspension will span a total of 51 regular-season games.
The unpaid suspension of Reyes is retroactive to Feb. 23, when Reyes was placed on leave pending the resolution of criminal proceedings in Hawaii, and covers all of 2016 Spring Training and the first two months of the 2016 regular season. Reyes had been on paid leave during the course of the investigation, and the suspension includes the 34 games the Rockies have already played and 17 scheduled games between now and the end of the month. Reyes was due to make $22 million this year and the suspension will cost him roughly a third of that.
Reyes has agreed not to appeal the discipline. He may participate in extended spring training activities during the remainder of the suspension, followed by a rehabilitation assignment beginning on June 1.
Reyes was arrested on Oct. 31 in Maui, Hawaii, for an alleged incident in a hotel where he and his wife, Katherine, were staying. Police dropped the charges because his wife declined to cooperate, but the policy allows Commissioner Rob Manfred to issue a suspension even if there is no action in the criminal justice system.
"My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Jose Reyes committed an act of domestic violence on October 31, 2015," Manfred said in a statement. "The investigation was prolonged and complicated initially by the existence of a pending criminal proceeding against Mr. Reyes in Hawaii involving the same allegation, which has since been dismissed. Mr. Reyes cooperated fully with my office's investigation. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Reyes violated the policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on May 31. I am encouraged by Mr. Reyes' commitment to the treatment provisions of the policy in order to ensure that such an incident does not occur in the future. Mr. Reyes also agreed to contribute a total of $100,000 to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence."
Reyes released a statement of apology through the MLB Players Association.
"I want to apologize for everything that has happened," the statement read. "I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family.
"I am happy to put this all in the past and get back to doing what I love the most, playing baseball.
"My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything, and for that, I will be forever grateful."
Reyes, who entered the season with a $22 million salary for 2016, is also under contract through next year at $22 million, plus a $4 million buyout on a $22 million club option for '17. Reyes is allowed to attend extended spring training during his suspension.
The Rockies obtained Reyes, 32, from the Blue Jays as part of the trade that sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto last July 28. The Rockies, who also sent veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Jays, took Reyes to offset some of the salary the Blue Jays took on when they absorbed Tulowitzki's contract. The Rockies saved roughly $50 million, and gained what they needed -- quality and pitching depth for the future.
The Rockies received three pitching prospects -- righty reliever Miguel Castro, who had a 1.50 ERA in six Major League appearances before going to the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and was the Rockies' No. 10 prospect at the time of the trade; righty starting prospect Jeff Hoffman, 2-2 with a 2.16 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A Albuquerque as the Rockies' No. 4 prospect and 48th overall in MLB; and righty Jesus Tinoco, who struggled to 0-3 with a 14.85 ERA in four starts at Class A Advanced Modesto and was assigned to extended spring training -- after going 7-6, 2.97 at Class A last year. Tinoco is the No. 15-ranked prospect in the Rockies pipeline.
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich and manager Walt Weiss said it's too early to determine how the Rockies will proceed.
Rookie Trevor Story won the starting shortstop job in Spring Training, and has hit .266 with 11 home runs, three triples and seven doubles.
"We have conversations with players all the time, pretty much every day," Bridich said. "He [Story] has earned the role that he plays on this club. So as it relates to this situation specifically with Reyes, he has earned all the playing time he has gotten. He handled himself well when faced with these questions in Spring Training."
Much can happen between now and when Reyes is eligible to return to the Majors.
Several teams are in need of a shortstop, and there are no rules preventing a player from being traded while serving a suspension.
Weiss said he doesn't see the Reyes situation distracting the Rockies, who entered Friday 16-18 but 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers and Giants for first in the National League West.
"We get pretty good at compartmentalizing things as athletes," Weiss said. "There are distractions almost on a daily basis as professional athletes, especially in this league when you perform virtually every day for seven or eight months."