Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer released after sexual assault investigation

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer released after sexual assault investigation

This was announced by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday Trevor Bauer was released by the team even after Major League Baseball’s independent umpire reinstated him in December.

At the announcement of Bauer’s release on twitterThe team said it “fully cooperated” with the league’s investigation and followed the “process consistent with MLB’s Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.”

A San Diego woman accused Bauer31 for hitting and sexually harassing her in 2021. He has denied the accusation.

“The Dodgers Organization believes that allegations of sexual assault or domestic violence should be thoroughly investigated and the accused given due process. …Two comprehensive reviews of all available evidence in this case – one by Commissioner Manfred and another by a neutral referee – concluded that Mr Bauer’s actions warranted the longest-ever active player ban in our sport for violations of this policy,” the Dodgers wrote in their statement. “Now that this process is complete, after careful consideration, we have decided that he will no longer be part of our organization.”

FILE – Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer during a game against the San Francisco Giants on June 28, 2021 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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The Los Angeles team made the announcement about four weeks after the Dec. 12 referee’s decision. Bauer initially received one unprecedented two-season, 324-game suspension without pay by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policies. The players’ association lodged a complaint on Bauer’s behalf and in May 2022 a panel led by independent referee Martin Scheinmann upheld a shorter suspension, but Bauer immediately reinstated.

The decision to cut Bauer means the Dodgers are responsible for the remaining salary owed to him. In 2020, Bauer agreed to a three-year, $102 million deal to join his hometown Dodgers. According to Spotrac, the team owes him around $22.5 million for the 2023 season.

Bauer was earmarked for action and can now sign with another team, according to CBS Sports. If he does not sign by 2:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 12, he is on an unconditional waiver.

After the announcement, farmer wrote on Twitter that he “sat down with the Dodgers leadership in Arizona” on Thursday and claimed he was told “that they wanted me to come back this year and play for the team.”

Bauer added that his representatives contacted the Dodgers “immediately after the arbitration determination.”

“While I am disappointed with the organization’s decision today, I appreciate the tremendous support I have received from the Dodgers clubhouse,” he wrote. “I wish the players all the best and look forward to competing elsewhere.”

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