The Dodgers suspended minor league shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the 2016 season without pay. According to Gabe Kapler, the suspension is for a “repeated failure to comply with the terms of his contract.” Via Eric Stephen on Twitter.
However, we do not know if this is related to a single issue or simply a buildup of run-ins over the past few months.
Arruebarrena has been a source of trouble for the Dodgers over his short career with the team. He was also suspended last season on May 21 for disciplinary reasons, but after appealing the suspension it was reduced to only 30 games. Perhaps he will do the same and we will see Arruebarrena sometime this season in the minors.
The 26-year old signed with the Dodgers in February of 2014 for a reported $25 million over 5 years as well as a $7.5 million signing bonus. He made his MLB debut on May 23, 2014 against the Philadelphia Philles, but was sent back down to the minors shortly after. The Dodgers could save a nice bit of money as Arruebarrena is due $4 million this season.
Arruebarrena had a decent year in 2015 at Tulsa, slashing .299/.337/.418 over 205 plate appearances. His defense has always been solid and could still potentially be a solid backup at the major league level.