The Mets will be without closer Jeurys Familia to start the regular season. They may have him back sooner than originally expected, though.
Familia met with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday aftermaking a personal plea for leniency under baseball’s domestic violence policy.
Though Familia is expected to be suspended this week, the New York Times, citing an unidentified source, reported the banwill be less that Aroldis Chapman's 30-game suspension, which was the previous low for such an offense.
Familia was arrested in November on a domestic abuse charge after the policefound Familia's wife, Bianca Rivas, with a scratch on her chest and a bruise on her right cheek.
The charge was later dismissed due to a lack of evidence, according to the prosecutor.
The domestic abuse policy was put in place 19 months ago. So far,Hector Olivera has received the harshest suspension (82) games after leaving a woman with bruises. Jose Reyes was then suspended 52 games, and Chapman received a 30-game suspension for discharging a firearm during a domesticincident in 2015.
One reason Familia might get a smaller suspension is because the nature of his incident. According to the Times report, Familia admitted to damaging a bedroom door, and Rivas claimed Familia usedknivesto wedge the door shut when he barricaded himself following an argument.
Familia and his representatives argued it wasn't a domestic violence case.
“The issue at hand is very complicated and no two situations are going to be the same, so it’s not a one-size-fits-all policy,” said Greg Bouris, a spokesman for the players’ union. “We think the policy is operating to the best of its ability. Especially given the sensitivities of each case.”
The Mets will have Addison Reed close games while Familia is suspended.