The Dodgers opted not to keep pitcher Trevor Bauer on the team after sexual assault allegations led Major League Baseball to keep him off the field for more than a year.
Bauer’s contract was “designated for assignment,” which means the organization will not be placing him in the 40-player roster going into the next season.
“The Dodgers organization believes that allegations of sexual assault, or domestic violence should be thoroughly investigated, with due process given to the accused,” the Dodgers said in a statement Friday. “Now that this process has been completed and after careful consideration, we have decided that he will no longer be part of the organization.”
In February of 2022, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced it would not file criminal charges against Bauer after reviewing the investigation conducted by Pasadena PD.
The L.A. district attorney’s office said it could not “prove the relevant charges beyond reasonable doubt,” leaving any further punishment up to MLB.
The league attempted to hand Bauer a suspension that carried into the 2023 season, but an independent arbitrator reduced the suspension to “time served,” allowing Bauer to return to the field.
Despite Bauer being designated for assignment, the Dodgers will continue to pay him the remaining $22.5 million on his contract, with any other team able to sign him for a league minimum of $720,000.
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