Trevor Bauer DFA: Dodgers name pitchers for post-suspension assignment

Trevor Bauer DFA: Dodgers name pitchers for post-suspension assignment

Trevor Bauer DFA: Dodgers name pitchers for post-suspension assignment

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have selected right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer for the pitch, the team announced late Friday. The move means Bauer’s release, meaning the Dodgers will eat up his $22.5 million salary in the process. Bauer is free to sign with any other team if the Dodgers can’t trade him if he goes to unconditional waivers no later than Thursday at 2 p.m. ET. Whichever team signs Bauer, he would only owe him the league minimum.

In accordance with Rule 2(c), the Dodgers were required to reinstate or release Bauer within two weeks (or by January 6) of an umpire’s December 22 decision to reduce his suspension from 324 games to 194 games . Bauer’s reduced suspension remains the longest imposed by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policies.

The Dodgers released the following statement:

The Dodgers Organization believes that allegations of sexual assault or domestic violence should be thoroughly investigated, with those accused given due process. From the outset, we have fully cooperated with the Major League Baseball investigation and strictly followed the process outlined in the MLB’s joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. 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. Now that this process is complete, after careful consideration, we have decided that he will no longer be part of our organization.

The 31-year-old farmer has not served since June 28, 2021. After starting out as Major League Baseball, he was placed on administrative leave, and the Pasadena Police Department investigated allegations that he assaulted a woman. Police announced the following February that he would not be prosecuted, but MLB reserves the right to penalize players it deems violating league policies, even if they are not arrested or convicted. Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Bauer last April.

Back in June 2021, The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli and Katie Strang reported on a woman’s allegations against Bauer. “I agreed to have consensual sex, but I didn’t consent or consent to what he did next. I did not consent to being sexually assaulted,” she said. Athletic’s report also included graphic details from a request for a restraining order against Bauer, including the woman who claimed he punched and strangled her.

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

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