Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been suspended without pay through May 31 as part of their domestic violence policy, Major League Baseball announced Friday.
Reyes had already been placed on paid leave through the Rockies' first 34 games as the investigations unfolded. According to the announcement, he will have to forfeit his salary for those games as well as the next 17.
In fact, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says, Reyes will lose 52 games worth of salary in total (due to a rainout). That will be a loss of about $7.06 million.
Reyes was arrested on October 31, 2015 in Hawaii for alleged domestic abuse charges against his wife. However, the charges were dropped in March due to her refusal to cooperate in the proceedings. Reyes was scheduled to go on trial on April 4.
In his absence, the Rockies have benefitted from great play from his replacement, Trevor Story. The 23-year-old rookie has hit .266/.327/.597 with 11 home runs and 27 RBIs in 153 plate appearances this season.
Even when Reyes returns from his suspension next month, it's possible that he will not be playing for Colorado.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, there are teams interested in trading for Reyes. Jayson Stark, also of ESPN, was told by an executive that the Rockies "want no part of" Reyes even when he does return.
The possibly challenging part of trading Reyes for the Rockies would be due to his contract obligations. Subtracting out the $7.06 million he will lose this season, Reyes is still owed $40.94 million guaranteed through 2017 (with an option for 2018).
Over his career, the soon-to-be 33-year-old Reyes has hit .290/.339/.431 with 118 home runs, 621 RBIs, and 479 stolen bases in 13 seasons. He is a four-time All-Star.
The Washington Nationals have agreed to extend right-handed starter Stephen Strasburg, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported Monday evening.
An official announcement of the extension will come tomorrow, according to Janes.
Strasburg will make $175 million over the next seven seasons, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. This will keep Strasburg in a Nationals uniform through the 2023 season.
This type of extension is something of a rarity for Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras. Boras seldom signs extensions for players before they reach free agency, where they can receive true market value.
The last time Boras made a deal similar to Strasburg's was in 2011, when he completed a five-year extension for Jered Weaver with the Angels worth $85 million.
The 27-year-old Strasburg has been a keystone in the Nationals' recent success, helping the team reach the playoffs in 2012 and 2014, the first two postseason appearances for Washington since they moved from Montreal.
Strasburg was subject to some controversy in 2012 when the Nationals kept him from pitching in the playoffs being only two years removed from Tommy John surgery and pitching in his first full season in the Majors.
A one-time phenom, Strasburg was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2009 MLB Draft and reached the Major Leagues the very next season at age 21.
Strasburg suffered from a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his elbow on August 21, 2010 against the Phillies, forcing him to have the Tommy John procedure.
Strasburg made the National League All-Star team just two years later, but other injuries have kept Strasburg from being an elite pitcher, rather than just a very good pitcher.
In 2015, Strasburg went 11-7 with a 3.46 ERA and a 155 to 26 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 127 1/3 innings pitched. He posted a 2.81 FIP, 2.69 xFIP, and a 3.4 FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement in 23 starts.
Through six starts this season, Strasburg has pitched to an elite level. He is 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA and a 47 to 9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 42 innings pitched. He has a 1.79 FIP and a 2.69 xFIP, as well as a 1.7 fWAR.
Strasburg's extension may pave way for a deal for Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who also is represented by Boras. The true impact, if any, however, remains to be seen.
Before the extension, Strasburg was arguably the best free agent in this offseason's class. Other notable starting pitchers expected to be available include Brett Anderson, Clay Buchholz, Mat Latos, and Jeremy Hellickson. Scott Kazmir and James Shields could become free agents pending their respective opt-out clauses.
In Washington, a budding ace in Stephen Strasburg has not only become part of his team's present plans, but now their future plans as well with a large, seven-year extension.
Free-agent right-hander Tim Lincecum will host a tryout for interested teams on Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Lincecum, a four-time All-Star, has been rehabbing his hip in Arizona. He had surgery on it in September 2015.
He pitched last season with the San Francisco Giants, making 15 starts before his ailment. In those appearances, Lincecum went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA and a 60 to 38 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 76 1/3 innings pitched.
According to FanGraphs, Lincecum was worth 0.3 Wins Above Replacement and posted a 4.29 FIP and a 4.64 xFIP.
According to Heyman, the Giants, San Diego Padres, and Baltimore Orioles will be among the approximately 20 teams to attend his showcase.
Heyman had previously reported that the Giants would be interested in Lincecum in the past, but only as a reliever, with the starting rotation being a strength for the team.
The teams that will be at Lincecum's showcase will want to see if he still has anything left in him. Not only a four-time All-Star, Lincecum also won back-to-back NL Cy Young awards in 2008 and 2009 as one of the best young starters in the game.
During a four-year stretch from 2008 to 2011, the now-31-year-old Lincecum posted a 2.81 ERA and 977 to 314 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 881 2/3 innings pitched.
Since, Lincecum has not been the same, losing life on his fastball that once could reach the 98 to 99 mile per hour (mph) mark. His strikeout rate has gone with it, and he has a 4.68 ERA in the past four seasons.