NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Trevor Bauer on a transfer Thursday despite an arbitration judge reducing the pitcher’s record-breaking 324-game suspension for a dismissed sex offense allegation.
On Jan. 6, the last day to include Bauer on the roster, the club opted to leave him out after umpire Martin Scheinman reduced MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s suspension to 194 games.
On Thursday, the Dodgers placed the transferable pitcher, and any team can add him by 1 p.m. Friday (1900 GMT).
Bauer is owed about $22.5 million from the remainder of his three-year, $102 million contract, making it unlikely any team would draft him.
If no club is interested, anyone can sign him after 2 pm Friday (2000 GMT), at the major league minimum salary of $720,000.
The Dodgers would then be responsible for paying the money owed to Bauer in the contract. The suspension cost Bauer about $37.6 million in salary.
Manfred suspended Bauer in April for violating major league policies against domestic violence and sexual assault. A San Diego woman claimed the baseball player beat and sexually assaulted her in 2021.
Bauer maintains that he did not commit any crime, stating that everything that happened between him and the woman had been previously consented to by both parties.
The athlete never faced formal charges. The players’ union filed a grievance on behalf of Bauer.
A three-member panel, led by Scheinman, determined on Dec. 2 that Bauer violated Major League Baseball policy by deducting his salary for the first 50 games of 2023 to cover part of the period the pitcher spent on suspension. salary in 2021 and 22.
Bauer joined his hometown Dodgers before the 2021 season. He went 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 starts, before the suspension.
In February 2022, Los Angeles prosecutors declined to file charges against Bauer, saying they could not prove the San Diego woman’s allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.
The woman, who was 27 at the time, said Bauer strangled her unconscious, punched her several times and raped her during two sexual encounters.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault.