Dodgers cut ties with Trevor Bauer and assign him to an assignment

The Dodgers drafted Trevor Bauer on Friday, ending their ill-fated $102 million investment in the former Cy Young Award winner.

Bauer only played 17 games for the Dodgers before being placed on administrative leave in July 2021 and beginning a series of off-field fights stemming from sexual assault allegations against the 31-year-old. He hasn’t appeared in a major league game since then.

The Dodgers now have seven days to trade Bauer or place him on irrevocable full waivers. The latter scenario would officially end his employment with the team, but would hold the Dodgers responsible for paying Bauer’s 2023 salary unless another team claims him.

If Bauer clears the waivers, another team can sign him for the major league minimum salary ($720,000). The Dodgers would then owe Bauer the remainder of his 2023 salary.

The stigma of Bauer’s suspension — the longest in MLB domestic violence and sexual assault policy history — could also deter any team from signing Bauer in the first place.

In December, a referee reduced Bauer’s original two-year suspension to 194 games, allowing him to play in 2023. The referee also raked in Bauer’s pay for 50 games, or about $9.46 million of his original $32 million salary.

Bauer was the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner when he signed his lucrative free agent contract with the defending champion Dodgers. Bauer’s homecoming from the San Fernando Valley was derailed in short order.

In June 2021, a San Diego woman accused Bauer of sexual assault based on their encounter in April of that year, although criminal charges were never filed against him. Bauer went to court to successfully challenge a restraining order and aggressively defended his actions as part of a consensual dispute. He later accused the woman in court of defamation.

Further allegations have since surfaced. An Ohio woman filed for a restraining order against Bauer in 2020, the Washington Post reported. A second woman in Ohio came forward with allegations of violent sexual encounters with Bauer in April 2022. Dodgers cut ties with Trevor Bauer and assign him to an assignment

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