While the Mets remain focused on Ben Zobrist, the Winter Meetings were rocked Monday with the report of a domestic assault against Aroldis Chapman that voided a trade by the Reds to the Dodgers. The trade has been held up as Major League Baseball investigates.
It is the second domestic violence incident this winter, with the first involving Jose Reyes. New Commissioner Rob Manfred has a lot of work to do to avoid the embarrassment NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell felt in the Ray Rice and Greg Hardy cases.
Something disturbing is the Reds were aware of the incident before making the trade.
You can bet this trade won’t go through soon, if at all, which actually is good news for the Mets.
The Mets remain hot for Zobrist and met with his agents. Zobrist is expected to arrive in Nashville today for the Winter Meetings, an indication a deal is imminent. Zobrist met with San Francisco, but told the Giants he wants to play second and not left field. That leaves the field down to the Mets and Washington. If the Mets want him, they’ll have to give the 35-year-old a four-year contract.
Meanwhile, there’s nothing going on with Daniel Murphy, not even a whisper.
Also happening today:
* Mets assistant GM John Ricco confirmed Yoenis Cespedes is out of their price range.
* Left hander Jon Niese is being shopped as the Mets won’t deal from their core of five young starters.