Yesterday Willy Aybar signed with the Edmonton Capitals of the Independent North American League. We had been wondering why no Major League team would even give Aybar a minor league deal.
Turns out it may have been because Aybar was sentenced to three months in prison in the Dominican Republic after he beat his wife. According to a report from his home town, Aybar’s wife ended up in intensive care for an extended period of time, in critical condition.
Here is the translated news story that ran in January on a news site from Aybar’s home town…
Three months of preventive detention were imposed today in the morning January 30, the player of GdesLigas Willy Aybar, for violating a restraining order and hit his wife.
Ms. Aybar, hit that remain in intensive care, despite being confined to her home with normal and in critical condition, because the family did not want to keep it inside, to avoid comments that could damage the reputation of a player.
However, this time the slugger’s Licey Tigers, Willy Aybar has been put behind bars for 3 months, which sentence was issued on this day at the request of the prosecutor of Family Protection, Peña Marinelis his lawyer Jorge de Los Santos, asked Judge Milton
Cabrera, a review of the case, but lawyers commented that it is unlikely to be released, because it violated a provision that prevented him from approaching the home of Mrs. Aybar, because previously had beaten and released for payment of a financial guarantee of 300 thousand dollars, I pay cash. El palacio de Justicia de la ciudad de Bani estuvo hoy muy concurrido en la mañana por seguidores del pelotero. The Palace of Justice in the city of Bani was very popular today in the morning for baseball fans.
As mentioned in the story, this is not the first time Aybar has run afoul of the law when it comes to his wife. Aybar was arrested in 2008 for abusing his wife just after he signed with the Rays.
If Aybar started his sentence immediately and
spent the entire three months in prison, he would have been released two weeks ago. This may also explain why he signed with a team in Canada, as Aybar may not have been able to obtain a work visa to enter the United States.
Aybar was a serviceable big leaguer with a career .340 OBP and the ability to play several positions. But we would be surprised if he is good enough to be welcomed back.