UPDATE: The Los Angeles Dodgers seemingly tried to trade Trevor Bauer over the past week, without any takers. Now they have officially released Bauer.
That’s the question right there, as we’ve talked about before. Is any team interested in all that comes with signing Bauer, even at the reduced price? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
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Today was the deadline by which the Los Angeles Dodgers had to activate, trade, or dump Trevor Bauer following the conclusion of his suspension under the league’s domestic violence policy.
The Dodgers have elected to let Bauer go:
Bauer, 31, was an exceptional performer from 2018 on, but signing him comes with significant off-field considerations – even more than was already true when the Dodgers inked him to the three-year, $102 million deal from which they are now releasing him. Bauer has stated that the sexual violence out of which this suspension arose was consensual, and he was not charged criminally. Bauer has been accused of assault by two other women, and he has denied those allegations as well.
Some, most, or all teams will simply not want to be associated with a player who received the longest ever suspension under the league’s domestic violence policy, no matter how cheaply he can be signed for. Bauer also has not pitched in the Major Leagues since June of 2021.
UPDATE: Bauer has released a statement: