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Los Angeles Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for rest of season – SportsUntapped.com
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Added May 25th, 2015 by Ian

Los Angeles Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for rest of season
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Cuban-born infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena of the Los Angeles Dodgers has obviously been rubbing somebody the wrong way in the Major League Baseball team’s organization since they announced on May 22 that he’s been suspended for the remainder of the 2015 season. That’s quite a ban since the campaign is only about seven weeks old. According to the Dodgers, Arruebarrena has been more or less kicked off the club for “failing to comply with his contract.”

This statement doesn’t really tell fans anything as there are numerous ways to break the terms of a player contract. The Dodgers wouldn’t expand on the reason for the ban though, so it’s up for conjecture. The club did add that the player has repeatedly failed to comply with the terms of his deal, so it seems like he’s been warned about his conduct before.

Arruebarrena signed a five-year deal with the team back in February of 2014 which reportedly pays him $25 million. He made his MLB debut for the Dodgers last May and ended up playing just 22 games for them. He didn’t fare too well as his batting average was a lowly .195. Arruebarrena spent most of the season moving from team to team last year as he played with four different minor-league clubs. He was sent down to Los Angeles’ Triple A team on December 31 after he cleared waivers.

The 25-year-old shortstop attended the Dodgers’ spring training sessions, but hasn’t played at all this season down in the minor leagues. The Dodgers will be saving some money since the player doesn’t have to be paid if he’s been suspended. This won’t sit too well with Arruebarrena and he and the players’ union may launch an appeal to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Last year while he was in Triple A, Arruebarrena was involved in a huge bench-clearing brawl and took his helmet off as he threw it at an opponent. He received a five-game ban from the league following his actions.

Arruebarrena was scheduled to earn a total of $3 million I 2015, but there must be some problems with him since no team is willing to take a gamble on him. The Dodgers may have overestimated his talent and it looks like he was grossly overpaid when he signed his contract. There needs to be some solution to this situation though since Arruebarrena has three more years to go on his deal and the Dodgers aren’t going to be able to suspend him for that length of time.

 
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