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Well, the Yankees certainly dodged a bullet, pun intended. Aroldis Chapman received a 30-game suspension from the MLB for a domestic violence incident back in October, when he allegedly fired eight gun shots in his garage after a dispute with his girlfriend.
This incident actually helped the Yankees in a way, as the Cincinnati Reds were about to send the 28-year-old lefty to the Los Angeles Dodgers, until the deal stalled because of Chapman's legal troubles. Thus, leading to the Yankees acquiring Chapman back in December.
Chapman won't be able to return to the Yankees bullpen until May 9 due to the suspension kicking off at the start of the regular season.
But it could've been much worse for Aroldis and the Bronx Bombers. Back when word had broken out of Chapman firing a gun back in his home, it seemed as though the MLB was going to suspend him for around 60-80 games, so getting only 30 is HUGE for, not only New York, but also for the lefty stud reliever.
The Yankees have one of the most devastating back-ends of a pen in the game, but this incident could hurt the Yanks, especially if the bullpen struggles out of the gate. You wouldn't think a few games in April could be the difference between making the playoffs and watching them on your couch, but just think how any blown save by Andrew Miller or Dellin Betances would go differently if Chapman were on the bump.