The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a crucial decision regarding embattled free agent pitcher Julio Urias. Urias was expected to get a massive payday as an ace-level pitcher entering free agency at just 27 years old. Following a tumultuous year, he will not be re-signed by the Dodgers.
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Urias faced a year filled with turmoil, starting with a domestic violence arrest in early September that led to his absence from the pitching mound throughout 2023. Typically, a talented and youthful 27-year-old ace pitcher like Urias would be in high demand during free agency. However, the cloud of legal charges hanging over him raises doubts about whether any team will take the risk of signing him.
In the aftermath of the incident that led to his arrest, the MLB promptly placed Urias on administrative leave. This incident involved a public altercation, in which Urias assaulted a female individual outside an LAFC soccer match. It’s essential to note that this is not the first instance of Urias being involved in potentially abusive behavior. In 2019, he avoided prosecution in a domestic battery case by committing to a year-long domestic violence counseling program.
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The Dodgers began removing murals featuring Urias towards the end of the season. When questioned about Urias’s potential future with the club in early October, manager Dave Roberts stated, “As far as what the future holds, I have no idea.”
As for Urias’ performance during the 2023 season, he participated in 21 games, securing 11 wins but also suffering eight losses, with an ERA of 4.60. However, his on-field performance seems to have been overshadowed by the off-field troubles that have led to his uncertain future in professional baseball.