The Los Angeles Dodgers broke a tie with struggling pitcher Trevor Bauer on Friday, designating a right-hander for assignment.
The Dodgers are responsible for more than $22.5 million remaining in Bauer’s contract. He can sign with any major league team for a minimum of $720,000 and can play immediately after a record-long suspension for violating MLB’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault policy.
In a statement, the franchise said: “The Dodgers organization believes that allegations of sexual assault or domestic violence should be thoroughly investigated, with the accused being given due process. We have cooperated fully with the Major League Baseball investigation from the beginning and strictly followed the process outlined in the MLB Common Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.
“Two extensive reviews of all available evidence in this case – one by Commissioner Manfred and the other by a neutral adjudicator – concluded that Mr Bauer’s actions warranted the longest suspension of an active player in our sport for violating 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.”
The Dodgers signed 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner Bauer to a three-year, $102 million contract in February 2021. The following season, he made 17 starts before being placed on administrative leave due to sexual assault allegations brought by the San Diego Woman. Two other additional Ohio women made similar allegations.
He received an unprecedented two-season suspension without pay from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy.
In February 2022, Los Angeles prosecutors decided not to charge Bauer with allegedly beating and sexually abusing a San Diego woman, as they said they could not prove her accusations beyond reasonable doubt.
Bauer, 31, insists he did nothing wrong, saying everything that happened between him and the woman was consensual.
The players’ association filed a complaint on Bauer’s behalf, and a three-person panel chaired by independent arbitrator Martin Scheinman began reviewing the case last May.
In a December 22 ruling, Scheinman upheld the 194-game suspension instead of Manfred’s intended 324-game ban and immediately reinstated Bauer. Scheinman confirmed that Bauer violated MLB policy and cut his pay for the first 50 games in 2023, covering part of the time the pitcher was on paid leave in 2021 and 2022.
In 10 major league seasons with the Dodgers, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Arizona, Bauer has an 83-69 record with a 3.79 ERA in 222 games, including 212 starts.