According to Jayson Stark and USA Today, MLB has announced that they have suspended Hector Olivera for half a season for violating the domestic violence agreement. He will be eligible to return on August 1st.
No word on why his penalty is so severe compared to Jose Reyes or Aroldis Chapman. It’s possible that Hector did not agree to a deal, thus extending his penalty further. Hector was arrested on April 13th for an incident in a Virginia hotel while the Braves were visiting the Nationals. The commissioner had the following statement.
“My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Hector Olivera violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy on April 13, 2016,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Olivera violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on August 1st. Mr. Olivera has also agreed to make a significant charitable contribution to one or more organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence.”
Olivera is the third player to be suspended under the MLB DVA. First, Aroldis Chapman was suspended 30 games, and later Jose Reyes was suspended 51 games.
Thanks to Prof for the heads up!