Dodgers designate Trevor Bauer for assignment after pitcher’s reinstatement from MLB suspension

Trevor Bauer is free to pitch in MLB again, but it won’t be with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers announced Friday that the former NL Cy Young Award winner will no longer be part of their organization after his reinstatement from a suspension that was shortened from 324 games to 194 games on Dec. 22.

The official roster move will be Los Angeles 토토 designating Bauer for assignment. That means the team has until next Thursday to trade him, at which point he must be placed on unconditional waivers. If no team wants to cover Bauer’s 2023 salary, he will become a free agent and be able to sign with any team for the MLB minimum salary of $720,000.

Whether or not Bauer signs elsewhere, the Dodgers will have to cover the remainder of the $22.5 million in salary it still owes the right-hander.

In a statement, the Dodgers affirmed the findings of the MLB reviews that led to Bauer’s receiving MLB’s longest suspension for a player under its domestic violence and sexual assault policy:

Bauer was initially to be sidelined for the remainder of the three-year, $102.5 million contract he signed with the Dodgers in February 2021, but his reinstatement left the club with a decision to make. The Dodgers waited until the latest possible time to pull the trigger, as the deadline for them to release Bauer or put him on their 40-man roster was Friday afternoon.

The Dodgers are still on the hook for Bauer’s $32-million 토토 salary in 2023, minus 50 games’ worth of pay, as the arbitrator who shortened Bauer’s suspension ruled that his paid administrative leave counted toward the suspension.

Bauer’s Dodgers tenure ends with him having made only 17 starts in the first of a guaranteed three years. The team will ultimately pay him about $65 million for his efforts, with the suspension costing Bauer $37.5 million.