Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer clears MLS return after suspension cut to 194 games | Los Angeles Dodgers


Trevor Bauer was reinstated Thursday by Major League Baseball’s independent arbitrator, allowing the pitcher to resume his career at the start of the 2023 season.


31-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers star He received an unprecedented two-season suspension He was arrested without pay by Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on April 29 for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy after a San Diego woman said Bauer beat and sexually assaulted her last year, an accusation the pitcher denies.


The players’ union lodged a complaint on behalf of the former Cy Young Award winner, and a three-person panel chaired by independent arbitrator Martin Scheinman began hearing the case on 23 May.

Scheinman upheld the 194-game suspension instead of the 324-game penalty that Manfred had intended, but reinstated Bauer immediately, effectively assigning him 50 games to cover part of the extended time that Bauer was placed on administrative leave during MLB He was investigated during the 2021 season and early this year.

Bauer will lose more than $37 million in salary for the last 144 games of last season and for the first 50 games of next season, through May 23.

“While we believe a longer suspension was warranted, MLB will abide by the neutral arbitrator’s decision, which upholds the longest suspension of players in baseball for sexual assault or domestic violence,” MLB said in a statement. “We understand that this process has been difficult for the witnesses involved and we thank them for their participation.”

While Scheinman has released his award to the parties, a full written decision is not expected until later.

The players’ association declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Bauer expected a statement on his behalf to be issued later Thursday.

Bauer was never charged with a crime. The accuser sought and was denied a restraining order against him, and Los Angeles prosecutors said in February there was insufficient evidence to prove the woman’s accusations beyond a reasonable doubt.

Bauer, who has not played since the allegations emerged and MLB began investigating, has repeatedly said that everything that happened between him and the woman was consensual.

Bauer sued the accuser in federal court, a move that came less than three months after prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges against the pitcher. Bauer has named the woman and one of her lawyers, Niranjan Farid Thiagaraja, as defendants in the lawsuit. The Associated Press does not usually identify people who say they have been victims of sexual assault.

The lawsuit said that “the harm to Bauer was severe” after the woman alleged he choked her unconscious, repeatedly punched her and had anal sex with her without her consent during two sexual encounters last year.

Archer said the two had rough sex at his home in Pasadena at her suggestion and followed the guidelines they had previously agreed upon.

Bauer said in a previous statement sent through his representatives that he had a “passionate, fully consensual sexual relationship from 2013-2018” with the woman, which began when he was pitching for Triple-A in Columbus.

“None of our meetings ever involved a single act that was non-consensual, let alone illegal,” Bauer said.

The suspension will cost Bauer $37,594,233 of his $102 million, three-year contract: $28,131,868 of his $32 million salary in 2022 and $9,462,365 of his $32 million salary in 2022. 2023.

Under Major League Rule 2, Bauer will not count on the Dodgers player boundary for 14 days, giving the team until January 6 to decide whether to sever ties. If the Dodgers get rid of Bauer, they will still be liable for approximately $22.6 million owed to him next season and he will be free to sign with any club.

After winning his first Cy Young title with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, Bauer agreed to join his hometown Dodgers. He did not play after June 29 in 2021 and finished with an 8-2 record and 2.59 ERA in 17 games.

Bauer was placed on administrative leave on July 2, 2021, under the Domestic Violence Policy, an extended leave of absence 13 times.

Of the 15 players previously disciplined under the policy, the longest suspension is a full season and postseason suspension for free agent pitcher Sam Dyson in 2021. None of the players previously disciplined under the policy appear to have challenged the penalty before an arbitrator.

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