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Trevor Bauer DFA: Dodgers designated pitcher for assignment after suspension

Trevor Bauer DFA: Dodgers designated pitcher for assignment after suspension

The Los Angeles Dodgers have designated right-handed pitchers Trevor Bauer for the assignment, the team announced late Friday. The move is tantamount to releasing Bauer, meaning the Dodgers will eat his $22.5 million salary. Bauer can sign with any other team if the Dodgers can’t trade him by the time he goes on unconditional waivers no later than 2:00 PM ET on Thursday. Whichever team Bauer signs with, he will only be guilty of the league minimum.

Under Rule 2(c), the Dodgers had to either reinstate or release Bauer within two weeks (or by Jan. 6) of an arbitrator’s Dec. 22 decision to reduce his suspension from 324 games to 194. Bauer’s reduced suspension remains the longest, that occurred in Major League Baseball’s domestic violence, sexual abuse and child abuse policies.

The Dodgers released the following statement:

The Dodgers organization believes that allegations of sexual or domestic violence should be thoroughly investigated with due process for those accused. From the beginning, we cooperated fully with Major League Baseball’s investigation and strictly followed the process outlined in MLB’s Joint Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and Child Abuse. Two extensive reviews of all available evidence in this case – one by Commissioner Manfred and the other by a neutral arbitrator – concluded that Mr. Bauer’s actions warranted the longest suspension of a player in our sport for a violation of this policy. Now that this process is complete, and after careful consideration, we have decided that he will no longer be a part of our organization.

Bauer, 31, has not played since June 28, 2021. He was placed on administrative leave after reaching Major League Baseball, and Pasadena police were looking into allegations that he assaulted a woman. In February of the following year, the police announced that he would not face criminal chargesbut MLB reserves the right to discipline players it believes have violated league policy, even if they have not been arrested or convicted. Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Bauer last April.

Bauer released the following statement:

Although we have not been able to communicate throughout the administrative leave and arbitration process, my representatives have spoken with Dodgers management immediately following the arbitration decision.

After two weeks of talking about my return to the organization, yesterday I met with Dodgers management in Arizona who told me they wanted me back and pitching for the team this year.

While I am disappointed in today’s decision by the organization, I appreciate the great support I have received from the Dodgers Club. I wish the players all the best and look forward to competing elsewhere.

Back in June 2021. The Athletic’s Brit Giroli and Kathy Strang described the woman’s allegations against Bauer. “I agreed to have consensual sex, but I did not agree or consent to what he did next. I did not agree to sexual violence,” she said. The Athletic’s report also included graphic details from a request for a restraining order against Bauer, including a woman who claimed he beat and choked her.

Bauer signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers through the 2021 season. The arbitrator who reduced his suspension ruled that he will play the first 50 games of this season without pay.





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