Los Angeles Dodgers cut ties with Trevor Bauer – The Prospector

The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that they have officially parted ways with pitcher Trevor Bauer after he was reinstated. Bauer is a former Cy Young Award winner who signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers.

Bauer was suspended in 2021 for 324 games after violating Major League Baseball’s (MLB) domestic violence policy. Bauer’s suspension was later reduced to 194 on December 22, 2022 by an independent arbitrator, Martin Scheinman. According to a Associated Press article, Scheinman claimed that Bauer violated MLB policy and deducted his pay for the first 50 games of the 2023 baseball season, because Bauer was on paid administrative leave. Bauer was designated for assignment, meaning they had seven days to find a business partner for Bauer. The Dodgers postponed their decision until January 6 and issued an official statement.

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

According to ESPN, the Dodgers will be responsible for paying Bauer $22.5 million for his final season with the team. Bauer joined the Dodgers and agreed to a three-year contract that included two shutouts for the starting pitcher. In his 17 starts with the Dodgers, Bauer posted a 2.59 earned run average (ERA). Bauer was immediately removed from the list once the allegations surfaced, then replaced by former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Max Scherzer; that the Dodgers acquired from the Washington Nationals.

Since the Dodgers released Bauer, he has cleared waivers and is now a free agent. According to an article from ESPN, any team can now sign Bauer for the major league minimum of $720,000. This would offset the $22.5 million the Dodgers owe the Cy Young Award winner.

Bauer later issued a statement of his own.

“After two weeks of discussions about my return to the organization, yesterday I sat down with Dodgers leadership in Arizona who told me they wanted me to come back and pitch for the team this year. While I am disappointed in the organization’s decision today, I am grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from the Dodgers clubhouse. I wish the players the best and look forward to competing elsewhere.”

Since the Dodgers released him on Jan. 6, Bauer has not recently signed any new contracts with other MLB teams.