The Aroldis Chapman saga hit more snags over the last 24 hours than a pair of cheap pantyhose.
There was a trade in place as of late Sunday night — Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a couple of prospects.
But no official announcement came and the trade hung in limbo all day Monday.
It came out overnight in a Yahoo Sports! report that the trade is on hold because Chapman allegedly is being investigated for domestic violence, although no official report or charges against the Cincinnati Reds left handed closer have been filed.
YAHOO’S REPORT SAID Davie, Fla., police responded to a call and Chapman’s girl friend reported that Chapman choked her and slammed her head against the wall. It was also reported that Chapman fired eight shots from a handgun into a garage.
And there is a possibility, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports, that Chapman may have injured his pitching hand.
RED DIRECTOR OF BASEBALL Operations Walt Jocketty says until all this is resolved the trade with the Dodgers or any other team could be on hold for a couple of weeks.
Questions also arose as to whether the Reds knew about the October 30 incident and did not reveal it. Jocketty said the incident came to light with the last 24 hours, but the Boston Globe reported that the Red Sox uncovered the incident in November while doing a background check prior to a possible trade for Chapman.
Chapman has had a few ‘incidents’ during his time with the Reds that included several speeding tickets and an event in a Pittsburgh hotel in which a woman in his room claimed she was robbed on jewelry.
EVEN WITHOUT official police charges MLB is expected to do a thorough investigation because of its stern stance on domestic violence. The Dodgers already have a player allegedly involved in a domestic violence case. Outfielder Yasiel Puig was investigated over a domestic violence incident involving his sister.
And throwing another wrench into the tool kit is the fact that if Chapman is suspended for any length of time after the investigation he may not accumulate enough days in 2016 to become a free agent after the season.