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Feb. 23 (The Sports Xchange) - Major League Baseball placed Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes on paid administrative leave while awaiting the outcome of his domestic violence case in Hawaii.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Tuesday that Section III.C.2 of MLB's domestic violence policy gives him the right "to impose a paid suspension pending resolution of the legal proceedings or an investigation."

After a ruling is handed down in the criminal case, Manfred will decide on MLB's disciplinary action against Reyes. A trial is scheduled for April 4 after Reyes allegedly assaulted his wife last October at a hotel in Hawaii.

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Reports that Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista wants a five-year, $150 million contract are "false," he tweeted Tuesday.

A day after Bautista and his agent reportedly indicated the terms of a contract they are seeking in a new deal with the Blue Jays, the outfielder backed away from those comments. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins also refused to go into detail or discuss any progress made on a new deal that would start with the 2017 season.

The 35-year-old Bautista will make $14 million this season in the final year of a six-year, $78 million contract after the Blue Jays exercised a 2016 option. But he will be eligible to enter free agency after the World Series. Last year, Bautista belted 40 home runs and had 114 RBIs to help Toronto to the American League East championship.

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Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman denied during an interview at spring training any past involvement in using performance-enhancing drugs.

Zimmerman was mentioned in the Al Jezeera documentary that aired in December and quoted pharmacist Charlie Sly as saying he supplied Delta-2, a pro-hormone drug barred by Major League Baseball. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning also was named in the story.

Zimmerman and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard both filed defamation lawsuits against Al Jazeera after the story aired. Zimmerman hadn't previously commented on the allegations before arriving at spring training in Viera, Fla.

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New New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman did not participate in spring training camp on Monday and on Tuesday found himself on the defensive as he awaits a possible suspension for allegedly choking and shoving his girlfriend.

Chapman told reporters he was taking care of personal business on Monday at his Miami home. He could very well likely have additional professional business to take care of sometime this week as commissioner Rob Manfred is expected rule on a possible suspension for Chapman, who has been accused of domestic violence.

Chapman said he will appeal any discipline and added, "I never hurt anybody. Never in my life." Manfred told reporters on Monday that his office is "close" to a decision. Chapman was accused of choking and shoving his girlfriend at their Miami-area home Oct. 30.

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The Detroit Tigers signed 33-year-old veteran infielder Casey McGehee to a minor league contract.

During his seven-year career, McGehee has compiled a .259 batting average, .319 on-base and .708 OPS. He enjoyed his best season as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010 when he hit 23 homers and knocked in 104 runs.

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The Seattle Mariners will sign Cuban center fielder Guillermo Heredia once he passes a physical.

Thee Tacoma News Tribune reported the terms of the deal have not been released pending the physical, which should be complete in the next few days.

The 25-year-old Heredia recently defected from Cuba. For the past five seasons, he has been playing with Matanzas in Mexico, where he established residency before defecting. In Mexico, he had a .285 batting average with 23 home runs and 121 RBIs. (Editing by Steve Keating.)

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