Reyes arrested, charged in incident with wife

MLB's Joint Domestic Violence Policy could be put to use for first time

November 10th, 2015

DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested on Oct. 31 and charged with abuse of a family and/or household member, according to a Maui Police Department report released Tuesday.

Reyes and his wife, Katherine, were arguing in their Four Seasons Wailea Hotel room when, according to the report, the situation "turned physical and resulted in injuries. Mrs. Reyes was treated by medics at the scene and later transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment."

Reyes was released on $1,000 bond and ordered not to have contact with his wife for three days, according to the report. The case was forwarded to the Maui County prosecutor's office, according to Lt. William Juan of the Maui Police Department.

Hawaii News Now television, quoting sources, reported that Katherine Reyes told police that Reyes grabbed her by the throat and shoved her into a sliding glass door before security called police. The television report said Katherine Reyes told police she had injuries to her side, neck and wrist before she was taken to the hospital's emergency room.

The incident could fall under the jurisdiction of the Joint Domestic Violence Policy signed by Commissioner Rob Manfred and the Major League Baseball Players Association in August.

Manfred, speaking during a news conference at the General Managers Meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., said he was still learning details and that he believed the joint policy will lead to proper action.

"We felt good about the policy when we negotiated it," Manfred said. "I think this is the first test. And I think it will stand the test."

The Rockies said they had no knowledge of the case until Monday, either. Manfred said the case will be reviewed under the new policy, which gives him wide leeway, has no minimum or maximum penalties, and allows players to appeal any decisions to an arbitrator.

Manfred emphasized that the policy does not center solely on discipline, but includes "evaluations, counseling and a variety of other activities."

"There's a balance there," he said. "On the one hand, I think our fans want to know that the case has been dealt with appropriately. On the other hand, whoever the player is, the fact that he's a Major League player doesn't mean that he has absolutely no right to privacy and that everything that's going on in the relationship or marriage has to be public."

Jose Reyes joined the Rockies from the Blue Jays in the trade that sent star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto on July 27. Reyes batted .259 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 47 games with Colorado.

Reyes, 32, is due $22 million in both 2016 and 2017, and the Rockies hold a club option for 2018 that is worth $22 million and includes a $4 million buyout.

"As evidenced by our Joint Domestic Violence Policy, Major League Baseball understands the seriousness of the issues surrounding domestic violence, and our policy explicitly recognizes the harm resulting from such acts," MLB said in a statement released Tuesday morning. "Consistent with the terms of this policy, the Commissioner's Office already has begun its investigation into the facts and circumstances. Any action taken by the Commissioner's Office in this matter will be wholly in accordance with this policy."

Said the Rockies in a statement released Monday night on Twitter: "We were extremely disappointed and concerned to learn of the allegations involving Jose Reyes. We continue to gather information and will address this matter appropriately, in accordance with Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy."