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Dodgers Rumor: Club Official Refutes Claims Made in Bauer’s Statement

Man, nothing with Trevor Bauer is ever straightforward, is it? After the Dodgers designated Bauer for assignment on Friday, Bauer released a statement that had an interesting claim in it.

“Following two weeks of conversations around my return to the organization, I sat down with Dodgers leadership in Arizona yesterday who told me that they wanted me to return and pitch for the team this year.”

In case you missed it, this is Bauer saying, moments after Los Angeles DFA’d him, that “Dodgers leadership” told him a day earlier that they wanted him to pitch for them this year — something they could control completely simply by adding him to their roster.

Yeah, it sounds weird — and Alden Gonzalez of ESPN reports that the Dodgers are disputing Bauer’s account.

In a statement, Bauer claimed that the Dodgers at that point expressed a desire for him to pitch for them in 2023 — a claim refuted by a team source familiar with the meeting. [emphasis added]

There are a couple possibilities here. Bauer’s statement is vague — perhaps the “Dodgers leadership” who wanted him back are different people than the decision-makers who cut him on Friday?

Or maybe L.A.’s leadership told Bauer they’d bring him back under certain parameters — like, for example, him taking responsibility for his suspension — and he wasn’t willing to make those concessions to stay with the team.

Those are just speculations, because all we can do is speculate when Bauer makes vague claims in a statement and an insider vaguely tells us those claims were refuted.

Adding to Gonzalez’s report, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale shared what he had heard from officials who spoke off the record.

Dodger officials declined to go into details of their conversation (with Bauer), but privately revealed that they didn’t hear any remorse, apologies or anything in the slightest from Bauer to change their mind. They reconvened in Los Angeles, and decided Friday morning that Bauer would never again put on a Dodger uniform.

Two Dodgers officials vehemently denied to USA TODAY Sports that they conveyed those sentiments to Bauer.

Bauer is in roster limbo for the next week as the Dodgers try to trade him, and then, one way or another, for better or for worse, he and L.A. will be done with each other and this chapter of the drama will be over.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. I’m not surprised that what’s his face would lie about the Dodger’s wanting him for this upcoming season.This would help him to draw interest from other teams,knowing that the D’s would consider this.His criminal mind always working.Reminds me of an ex US president.

  2. If the Dodgers were so rock solid about never letting Trevor Bauer don a Dodger uniform again why didn’t they come out and say this from the beginning?
    Obviously there is differing opinions as to what was said and by whom. Especially who is the Dodger leadership that is being mentioned. Bottom line is at the end of the day the Dodgers DFA’d Trevor Bauer and have 7 days to try somehow to trade him.

  3. No matter what the dodgers are stuck with the bill. The fact that he could pitch for another team and win a lot of games on there bill is what’s kills us. They should have let him pitch here this year or at least go to spring training and see if can pitch then make the decision. But now will probably see him in a Met, Padre or Yankee uniform pitching and possibly Winning on the dodgers bill. How disappointing. Lately it seems like the front office staff is just missing a step.

    1. There is still a week to make a trade after a player is DF’Ad. If that happens the next team is surely going to pay part of the $22mill.

      1. No, it’s more about Dodger “brain trust” hypocrisy, trying to maintain a certain image that never was or never will be real. No more of my hard-earned money will go to this fraud.

  4. I suspect that Friedman and ownership are kicking themselves in the pants for ever getting involved with Bauer in the first place. I was shocked when they signed him, because Bauer never fit the Dodgers brand.
    But let’s be fair, the only people who’ve never made a mistake are folks that never have done anything. Bauer is yesterday’s news. Time to move on.

  5. Another lovely day knowing that what’s his face and his political views will never wear a Dodgers uniform.Adios with your CHOKE GRIP PITCH!!!

    1. Who knows what really happened. Bauer was a notorious dick throughout his career but the women also had a substantial financial interest in making shit up or at least embellishing what happened. Bottom line, until and unless he is found guilty or liable in a court of law (criminal or civil) they are just unsubstantiated allegations. I suspect that the length of the suspension was driven largely by politics and the desire to appear “woke.” The fact that the suspension was reduced suggests that the arbitrator found the testimony of the accusers troubling or suspect. He shouldn’t have been released in my opinion. At some point people need to stand up to pandering to the far left and make decisions that are based on proven and incontrovertible facts. That trend is already starting to reverse itself thank God

  6. Baker’s bigger problem is that he still doesn’t think he did anything wrong. There is no exception in the MLB’s domestic violence policy because he believed his encounters were consensual. His behavior clearly violated the standard of conduct in the policy. What is also clear is that the woman in this case needs therapy as much as Bauer! But, that doesn’t make what he did okay. The fact that Bauer doesn’t recognize that fact is why the Dodgers dumped him.
    Ask yourself, if your significant other wanted you to treat them the way that Bauer treated the woman, would you do it? If you would, you need to get in the therapy line with Bauer and the woman. The Dodgers should have never signed Bauer, but they did, and now they are fixing that mistake

  7. Do we really need his “drama” sitting on the bench…..negative, negative, negative.
    Anyone who wants, deserves all of self-righteous, egoistic bull….

  8. I’ve had mixed feelings about the Bauer situation but I think they made the right call here. I think the guy is basically trouble. There are many facets to this but he is mainly a negative for the team. It’s unfortunate that this has cost the Dodgers so much time and money but ultimately they will be better off without him!

  9. I think he got a bad break on a lot of it for what amounts to a kinky, but consensual love life, and he was probably under strict lawyers orders not to say anything for the longest time, if not forever, but he doesn’t come across well personally, even aside from the incident. I mean, has anyone ever seen him smile?

    We could use him as a pitcher, but it’s nice to see the Dodgers man up and stick to what they’d said about him not playing for the team again. Money be damned.

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