Pitcher Trevor Bauer released by Dodgers following sexual assault investigation

The Los Angeles Dodgers made the announcement on Friday Trevor Bauer has been released by the team even after Major League Baseball’s independent arbitrator reinstated him in December.

In announcing Bauer’s release on Twitterthe team said it had “fully cooperated” with the league’s investigation and followed “the process set forth under MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Guidelines.”

ONE San Diego woman accused Bauer31, for beating and sexually assaulting her in 2021. He has denied the accusation.

“The Dodgers organization believes that allegations of sexual assault or domestic violence should be thoroughly investigated, with due process given to the accused … Two comprehensive reviews of all available evidence in this case – one by Commissioner Manfred and another by a neutral arbitrator — concluded that Mr. Bauer’s actions warranted the longest active player suspension in our sport for a violation of this policy,” the Dodgers wrote in their statement. “Now that this process is complete, and after careful consideration, we have determined 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 judge’s Dec. 12 decision. Bauer was first given one outstanding two-season, the 324-game suspension without pay of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policies. The Players’ Association filed a complaint on Bauer’s behalf, and in May 2022 a panel chaired by independent arbitrator Martin Scheinmann upheld a shorter suspension, but reinstated Bauer immediately.

The decision to cut Bauer means the Dodgers will be responsible for the remaining salary he is owed. In 2020, Bauer agreed to a three-year, $102 million contract to join the hometown Dodgers. The team owes him about $22.5 million for the 2023 season, according to Spotrac.

Bauer has been designated for assignment and is now free to sign with another team, according to CBS Sports. If he doesn’t sign by 2pm EST on Thursday, January 12th, he will go on unconditional waivers.

After the announcement, Bauer wrote on Twitter that he had “sat down with Dodgers management in Arizona” on Thursday, claiming he was told “that they wanted me to come back and pitch for the team this year.”

Bauer added that his representatives had been in contact with the Dodgers “immediately following the arbitration decision.”

“While I am disappointed in the organization’s decision today, I appreciate the wealth of support I have received from the Dodgers clubhouse,” he wrote. “I wish the players well and look forward to competing elsewhere.”

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