The Los Angeles Dodgers have officially designated Trevor Bauer for assignment. Just a few weeks after Bauer was reinstated.
The Dodgers had until today in order to do so, and that is what they chose to do. Though not exactly a surprise with rumors surrounding the decision over the last few weeks. They will still have seven days to trade him before he can be outrighted to the minors. Though a player of his caliber should be able to some value otherwise he would opt for free agency. Though, the move became official on Friday.
The Dodgers will still be on the hook to pay Bauer’s salary — around $22.5 million — in 2023. He’s free to sign with any other of the 29 teams, but they’ll just have to pay him the veteran minimum.
The agreement for the Dodgers to DFA Bauer brings the three-year rocky relationship to an end. The Dodgers signed the 2020 Cy Young award winner in order to help stabilize their rotation. Though that didn’t end up going the way it was supposed to.
Bauer pitched just 17 games in 2021, before being placed on administrative leave in June under the domestic violence policy. Bauer would ultimately be suspended for 324 games, seemingly ending his tenure in LA. However, this offseason, his suspension was reduced to 194 games, making him instantly eligible to rejoin the roster. The Dodgers had two weeks to make the decision — used every last one of those hours — and ultimately decided it was in their best interest to move on.
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