Julio Urias Faces Lengthy Suspension Following Domestic Violence Charges
By Kevin Skinner
The 2023 season was supposed to be a breakout year for Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias. With numerous Cy Young votes and a reputation as the workhorse for one of the league’s best pitching staffs, Urias was on track to secure a lucrative contract during his 2024 free agency.
However, Urias’ promising future took a dark turn during the summer when he was placed on administrative leave after being charged with felony domestic violence. This unfortunate incident has all but dashed his hopes of landing a significant offseason contract. According to Jim Bowden of the Athletic, Urias should brace himself for a lengthy suspension.
“Julio Urias of the Dodgers and Wander Franco of the Rays will both face lengthy suspensions following reviews of their respective cases, rendering them ineligible to play major-league baseball in 2024.”
Jim Bowden – The Athletic
This is not the first time Urias has faced such charges since joining the Dodgers. In 2019, he served a 20-game suspension following misdemeanor domestic violence charges.
Regrettably, the Dodgers are no strangers to such situations. In the 2022 season, their premier offseason acquisition Trevor Bauer was also placed on administrative leave due to sexual assault allegations. Bauer ultimately received the longest suspension ever handed down by the league office, serving a 194-game ban.
It is likely that Urias’ case will follow a similar trajectory. Major League Baseball (MLB) will conduct its own investigation independent of law enforcement. The league has the authority to impose suspensions regardless of court decisions.
Even if Urias is found not guilty and cleared of all charges, he is still expected to face a lengthy suspension. This is primarily due to the fact that it is his second encounter with such troubles.
As for his future in baseball, it remains uncertain whether any team will be willing to sign him. However, it is clear that Urias will not receive the lucrative offer he had anticipated this offseason.
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