The Yankees, who are coming off one of the largest contracts in human history with Pitcher Gerrit Cole, just found out that SP Domingo German has been suspended for 81 games for violating the MLB’s domestic violence policy.
Domingo had already been placed on administrative leave for the final 18 games of the 2019 eason (including 9 post season games).
“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Domingo German violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. German violated our Policy and that discipline is appropriate.”Per ESPN
German’s ban is the longest by the MLB under its domestic violence policy for a player who was not formally charged. For reference, Former San Diego Padres Pitcher Jose Torres was banned 100 games in 2018 following his arrest on domestic violence charges.
You have to assume that the Yankees knew a suspension of some sort was coming with the massive contract given to Cole. Most likely the team would have prioritized the former Pirates pitcher anyways, but it always helps to make sure your solidified at the position.