MLB: Officially the end between the Dodgers and Trevor Bauer, who becomes a free agent

NEW YORK — Trevor Bauer was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday after the pitcher’s unprecedented 324-day suspension for sexual misconduct allegations was reduced by an independent arbitrator.

The Dodgers designated Bauer for reassignment on Jan. 6, the last day to reinstate him to their roster after umpire Martin Scheinman reduced the suspension imposed by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to 194 days. The Dodgers submitted Bauer’s name on waivers Thursday. Major League Baseball teams have until 1 p.m. ET on Friday to claim it.

Bauer is still up to $22.5 million from the three-year, $102 million contract he signed with the Dodgers, making his selection by another club on waivers highly unlikely. If he is not claimed, he will benefit from autonomy and will be able to sign with the team of his choice as of 2 p.m., for the minimum salary of $720,000.

The Dodgers will have to pay him the remainder of the $22,537,635 owed to him.

Bauer lost nearly $37.6 million during his suspension.

Manfred suspended Bauer last April for violating MLB’s marital conduct and sexual assault policy after a San Diego woman alleged he beat and sexually assaulted her in 2021. Bauer always maintained that he had nothing to reproach himself for and that everything that had happened between the woman and him was consensual.

Bauer was never found criminally guilty.

The Players Association filed a grievance on behalf of Bauer. A panel of three judges, led by Scheinman, ruled on December 2. Scheinman ruled that Bauer found Bauer violated MLB policy and imposed a fine covering the first 50 games of 2023, during which the pitcher will not receive his salary.

This sanction is intended to cover the period during which Bauer received his salary while being administratively suspended, in 2021 and 2022.

Bauer joined the Dodgers ahead of the 2021 season and made 17 starts before being forced to retire.

In February 2022, Los Angeles prosecutors decided not to criminally charge Bauer with the alleged actions, as they were unable to prove the woman’s allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.

Bauer has always claimed that the particular sexual encounters he engaged in with the 27-year-old woman were suggested by her.

This woman then sought a restraining order, which was denied. The judge said Bauer respected the woman’s boundaries when she established them and could not have known which ones he had transgressed, since they hadn’t made them clear.

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