In what become one of the more bizarre stories in recent memory involving the Los Angeles Dodgers, shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena was suspended for the season in May.
Arruebarrena, who was signed to a five-year, $25 million deal last spring, was suspended for “repeated failures to comply with his contract”. The 25-year-old was designated for assignment in December, cleared waivers and was supposed to report to Camelback Ranch for workouts. He failed to report to Arizona and that led to the suspension.
According to Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports, Arruebarrena is no longer suspended for the season:
Well, Arreubarrena appealed his suspension to Major League Baseball. His suspension has been reduced to thirty days — time served, essentially — and that he reported to Dodgers camp in Glendale, Arizona yesterday to get back into baseball activities. When reached for comment, Arruebarrena’s attorney Jay Reisinger confirmed that an appeal had been filed with Commissioner Manfred, and ultimately, a settlement was reached with the Dodgers.
The Cuban shortstop played in 22 games for the Dodgers last season, hitting .195 with four RBIs. With the acquisitions of Jimmy Rollins and Kiké Hernandez, Arruebarrena became nothing more than depth, especially with top prospect Corey Seager waiting in the wings to play shortstop.
It would seem that Arruebarrena will work out at Camelback Ranch until the Dodgers are satisfied with his progress, or he’s sent out to the minors. Seager is currently the shortstop in Triple-A; however, some believe he could find himself in the Majors at some point this season. Andrew Friedman didn’t rule out that possibility, but also said the team wouldn’t rush their 21-year-old shortstop.
The saga of Arruebarrena will be another storyline to watch this season for the Dodgers.
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