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Dodgers News: Trevor Bauer Given Unconditional Release, Free to Sign With New Club

Six days after designating him for assignment, the Dodgers officially released Trevor Bauer on Thursday, officially ending a relationship that was supposed to last three years. Instead, it lasted barely two years, with Bauer making just 17 starts for Los Angeles.

Bauer becomes a free agent and can sign with any team for the league-minimum $720,000. The Dodgers are on the hook for $22.5 million this season, although that commitment would drop by $720,000 if another team picks him up. At this moment, it’s hard to say whether that will happen. There were rumors that the Twins might be interested in Bauer, but those rumors were shot down by Minnesota beat writer Dan Hayes.

It’s been nearly three weeks since an arbitrator reinstated Bauer, and while the Los Angeles front office has tried to find a trade partner, nothing every materialized. In the end, their time with Bauer ends with a nine-word tweet.

Plenty of teams could use a starting pitcher like Bauer, but he has the baggage of just returning from the longest suspension in the history of the league’s joint policy on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, and the only suspension under that policy for sexual assault. There’s a lot more than baseball to consider for any team thinking about bringing in Bauer.

Bauer signing elsewhere would help the Dodgers financially, although the $720,000 they’d save still wouldn’t get them below the luxury tax after the acquisition of Miguel Rojas. But it would get them $720,000 closer, and that’s something.

Thanks for the memories, Trev.

Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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7 Comments

  1. This guy is asbestos, mercury, and lead all rolled into one. Will be interesting to see if another team signs him.

    1. Dodgers need him badly and sure needed him last year. They are making a mistake by releasing him. Obviously they are just bandaid-ing the upcoming season to stay under the tax threshold and then going in heavy for Ohtani.

  2. I Love watching the Dodgers sabotage themselves. It’s like watching the same movie over and over same ending. They could have been the model org and showed the Baseball world they were diverse,forgiving,and especially lawful. Beeeeep…..Nope, the Dodgers are what’s wrong in this world, not right…

  3. Oooh Yeahhh!! It’s a great day in L.A.!! What’s his face is officially FIRED!! KICKED OUT!! ADIOS!!

  4. While other ballplayers are still playing in the league with domestic abuse in their past? The man wasn’t convicted and paid his dues. Have to pay him so let him play. His p is definitely needed with all the question marks. Self righteous hypocrisy apparently rules the way…..

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