Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer will no longer be a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers two weeks after the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner was reinstated by an independent arbitrator following the league’s announcement of a 324-game suspension in April 2022.
Bauer missed the 2022 MLB season after being suspended amid sexual assault allegations. He made 17 starts in 2021 before being placed on paid administrative leave.
The Dodgers had until the end of Friday to make a decision on Bauer.
“The Dodgers organization believes that allegations of sexual assault or domestic violence should be fully investigated, with due process for those accused,” the Dodgers said in a statement Friday.
DODGERS PITCHER TREVOR BAUER RESET AFTER MISSING ENTIRE 2022 SEASON OVER SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
“From the beginning, we have fully cooperated with Major League Baseball’s investigation and have strictly followed the process outlined in MLB’s Joint Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse.
“Two exhaustive reviews of all available evidence in this case, one by Commissioner Manfred and one by a neutral arbitrator, concluded that Mr. Bauer’s actions warranted the longest suspension of active players in our sport for violations of this policy. Now that this process has been completed, and after careful consideration, we have decided that he will no longer be a part of our organization.”
Bauer suspension MLB it was the longest non-lifetime suspension of a player in the history of the game.
Bauer will be designated for assignment, according to ESPN.
The league announced on December 22 that Bauer would be eligible to play on opening day of the 2023 season, though Bauer’s pay will be reduced for the first 50 games.
“Today, the neutral arbitrator selected by MLB and the MLBPA affirmed that Trevor Bauer violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse,” MLB said in a statement.
“After a thorough review of the available evidence, the neutral arbitrator upheld a 194-game unpaid suspension. As part of the decision, the arbitrator reinstated Mr. Bauer, effective immediately, with a loss of pay covering the 144 games that he was suspended during the 2022 season.
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“In addition, the referee cut Bauer’s salary for the first 50 games of the 2023 season (i.e., the period spanning March 30, 2023 to May 23, 2023). While we believe one more suspension is warranted, extended, MLB will abide by the neutral rule.” the umpire’s decision, upholding the longest active suspension in baseball history for sexual assault or domestic violence.”
Bauer was accused in 2021 of sexual assault by a San Diego woman he met through social media, an allegation Bauer denied and said the encounters were consensual.
“In the strongest possible terms, I deny any violation of the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy. I am appealing this action and hope to prevail,” Bauer said in a statement to Fox News Digital in April. “As we have throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings.”
Through his representatives, Bauer issued a statement Friday night.
“While we were unable to communicate during the administrative leave and arbitration process, my representatives spoke with Dodgers leadership immediately after the arbitration decision.
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“After two weeks of discussions about my return to the organization, yesterday I sat down with Dodgers leadership in Arizona who told me they wanted me to come back and pitch for the team this year.
“While I’m disappointed in the organization’s decision today, I appreciate the outpouring of support I’ve received from the Dodgers clubhouse. I wish the players the best and look forward to competing elsewhere.”
Bauer has a career record of 83-69 with a 3.79 ERA and is owed $22.5 million for the 2023 season.
Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report