Domingo German’s domestic-violence case has entered its final stages, industry sources told The Post, and a resolution is expected in a matter of weeks rather than months.
While a penalty hasn’t been determined for the Yankees’ right-hander, German’s offenses don’t appear to be as egregious as those of Astros closer Roberto Osuna, who served a 75-game suspension last year, and they’re regarded as worse than Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, who sat out the first 15 games of the 2017 season. The fact that German spent the last nine games of the season plus the Yankees’ nine postseason contests on administrative leave upon discovery of the incident figure to be part of the negotiation between Major League Baseball and the Players Association for the final number.
An MLB interview with German, a vital step in the process, has yet to occur, the sources said. Mara Vega, the mother of German’s children who was involved in the alleged physical incident with German on the night of Sept. 16, spoke with MLB investigators within days of the incident.
This case has been unusual in that it didn’t emanate from a police report; a third party notified MLB of what happened. That puts a greater onus on MLB’s investigators to formulate their own reports with eyewitness interviews. Yet the PA’s quick agreement in September for German’s administrative leave indicated the strength of MLB’s initial evidence-gathering.
Players historically don’t get paid when suspended for domestic-violence violations, and since German did receive his salary for those last nine games of the regular season (players don’t get paid for the postseason), he likely would have to retroactively give up that portion of his $578,000 salary if he wants those games to count toward his sentence. How much the nine Yankees postseason games without German factor into the equation surely will be a matter of discussion between the two sides.
As per the terms of the collectively bargained domestic-violence agreement, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has the right to unilaterally issue a suspension and the player then possesses the right to challenge any penalty before an independent arbitrator. However, in every domestic-violence penalty to date, the offending player has found common ground with MLB on an appropriate length of time and fine.
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