Major League Baseball has concluded it’s investigation into Yankees’ right hander Domingo Germán, and the 27-year-old has been suspended 81 games under the MLB-MLBPA Joint Domestic Violence Policy.
The suspension is retroactive to Germán’s September 19 placement on administrative leave, which caused him to miss the final nine games of the regular season and nine postseason matchups. He will be unable to participate in Spring Training and will serve the remaining 63 games of his suspension to start the 2020 regular season. Germán will not appeal the suspension.
“We remain steadfast in our support of Major League Baseball’s investigative process and the disciplinary action taken regarding Domingo Germán. Domestic violence — in any form — is a gravely serious matter that affects every segment of our society. Major League Baseball has taken the lead in our industry to make domestic violence awareness and prevention a priority, and we will continue to back those efforts. We are encouraged by Domingo’s acceptance of his discipline, and we sincerely hope this indicates a commitment to making a meaningful and positive change in his personal conduct.”Yankees official statement re: Germán
Germán can be reinstated June 5, which is the start of a three-game series in the Bronx against Tampa Bay. He will also be able to begin pitching in minor-league games May 21. He will not accrue MLB service time while on the restricted list, which will push his free agency back until after the 2024 season.
The 81-game suspension Is the fourth longest to be issued by major league baseball under their domestic violence policy. Héctor Olivera (82 games, 2016), Odúbel Herrera (85 games, 2019) and José Torres (100 games, 2018) were disciplined for longer.
The right-hander experienced something of a breakout in the 2019 season, showing significant flashes of brilliance in a campaign where he finished with 18 wins, a 4.03 ERA (4.72 FIP) and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. That inflated FIP comes from the 30 home runs he allowed, which tied him for eighth most among pitchers who threw at least 140 innings in 2019.
The Yankees have sufficient starting pitching depth on hand while Germán is unable to contribute to the team. They appear comfortable heading into Spring Training with a competition for the fifth starter role between Jordan Montgomery, Mike King and Deivi García. J.A. Happ could also be a factor in that competition, but the Yankees clearly would rather trade him (and his $17 million salary) to fill the fifth starter role for cheap.