TAMPA, Fla. — Aroldis Chapman has said he plans to appeal any suspension handed down by commissioner Rob Manfred, a decision that could come any day.
Chapman, who is under investigation by MLB for an alleged domestic-abuse incident that occurred last October, said he is ready for a decision, one way or the other.
“Yes, honestly, the sooner the better,” he said through his translator on Saturday. “It’s something I want to put on the side and forget about.”
Most in the organization expect Manfred to give Chapman a suspension of some kind under the new joint policy between MLB and the Players Association relating to domestic abuse. It’s just a matter of how long it will be.
Is Chapman concerned about what the ruling could be? “No, not at all,” said the closer, who was not charged by Florida prosecutors.
MLB also is investigating allegations of domestic abuse involving the Rockies’ Jose Reyes and the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig. Speaking Friday in Bonita Springs, Florida, Manfred said, according to The New York Times: “I expect that we will have some action on at least two out of the three in the next few days.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Saturday that he has not received any indication that a decision is near.
“No, it’s not their job to keep us apprised of their investigation,’’ he said. “It’s their job, obviously, to investigate it and make the appropriate determination. So I have full trust in Major League Baseball that whatever they decide will be in the best interest of this sport.”
Cashman, who sent four minor-leaguers to the Reds in exchange for Chapman on Dec. 28, said he has “nothing to say in terms of expectations” regarding a suspension length.
“I’m not part of the investigation. I’m not privy to the knowledge that they’re going to get exposed to,” he said. “We did the best of our due diligence that we could, from reading the police report and making some phone calls, but they’re going to certainly have . . . I think they’ve shown they have a pretty impressive investigative team. So they’ll make sure they drill down and find out everything they possibly can and then they’ll make a decision, whatever it is.”