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Trevor Bauer DFA: Dodgers release pitcher after lengthy suspension

Trevor Bauer DFA: Dodgers release pitcher after lengthy suspension

The Los Angeles Dodgers have released right-hander Trevor Bauer, the team announced Thursday. Bauer was designated for assignment last Friday, giving Los Angeles seven days to trade, release, or waive him. A release was always the most likely outcome because finding a willing trade partner was going to be close to impossible, and no team would claim Bauer on waivers and absorb the $22.5 million owed to him in 2023.

The Dodgers are still responsible for the $22.5 million remaining on Bauer’s contract. Now that he’s been released, Bauer is free to sign with any team. If anyone picks him up, the team that signs him will only be on the hook for the prorated portion of the $720,000 league minimum in 2023, though it is uncertain whether a team will sign him even at that rate. Among the teams who have leaked that they are not interested are the New York Mets and New York Yankees (per the New York Post), the San Diego Padres (per the San Diego Union-Tribune), the San Francisco Giants (per the San Francisco Chronicle), and Minnesota Twins (per The Athletic).

On Dec. 22, an arbitrator reduced Bauer’s suspension under MLB‘s domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy from 324 games to 194 games, which is still the longest suspension in the policy’s history. Rule 2(c) required the Dodgers to reinstate Bauer to their 40-man roster within two weeks of the arbitrator’s ruling, though they instead opted to cut ties and remove him from the organization. The Dodgers released the following statement after designating Bauer for assignment:

The Dodgers organization believes that allegations of sexual assault or domestic violence should be thoroughly investigated, with due process given to the accused. From the beginning, we have fully cooperated with Major League Baseball’s investigation and strictly followed the process stipulated under MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Two extensive reviews of all the available evidence in this case — one by Commissioner Manfred and another by a neutral arbitrator — concluded that Mr. Bauer’s actions warranted the longest ever active player suspension 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 part of our organization.  

Bauer, 31, has not pitched since June 28, 2021. He was…

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