The New York Mets are facing serious, undesired trouble for outfielder Khalil Lee, as the player is under investigation for physical and verbal assault claimed by his ex-girlfriend.
Previously, the Mets announced their outfielder’s allegation and agreed to cooperate with MLB in the investigation on February 1. Since then, the MLB has moved forward with the allegation made by his ex.
Mets statement: “The Mets immediately notified MLB upon becoming aware of the allegations. We will fully comply with MLB’s policy and cannot comment until the completion of the league’s investigative process.”
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) February 1, 2023
However, the Mets have taken a step toward addressing Khalil’s consequences.
- White Sox right-hander Mike Clevinger under MLB investigation for alleged domestic violence, child abuse
What did the Mets decide for Khalil Lee’s future?
The Mets have released the 24-year-old outfielder from their 40-man roster. In his place, they recruited right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod from the Philadelphia Phillies.
We've claimed RHP Sam Coonrod off waivers from Philadelphia and designated outfielder Khalil Lee for assignment.
— New York Mets (@Mets) February 6, 2023
The professional’s career came to a halt after Lee was added to the DFA list. The Kansas City Royals drafted him in the third round of the 2016 MLB draft at the age of 17. Lee showed huge potential in his hitting ability in the minors.
Later in 2021, the Royals traded Lee to the Mets in a three-team trade with the Boston Red Sox. He made his MLB debut that year for the Mets. However, the next year he was again sent to the minor leagues until June.
This inconsistency barred him from achieving his full potential. Khalil scored on one home run in 20 plate appearances along with four runs batted in.
Last week, the Mets considered designating him for assignment due to the allegations, and thus the youngster is now handed an uncertain future in his MLB career.
The Syracuse police issued an arrest warrant for him on one account of criminal obstruction of breathing. However, the police have yet to submit their filing for the court’s ruling.