The Dodgers take pride in being the heart of Los Angeles sports and Trevor Bauer may not be in the cards moving forward for this exact reason.
While MLB has reinstated Bauer, the press surrounding the former Cy Young award winner may be enough to keep him away from the Dodgers.
It’s something not all fans may see eye-to-eye about, especially for a Dodgers team in need of more pitching depth, but some baseball analysts believe Bauer being released by the team is set in stone with the Dodgers prioritizing their own branding over anything else. Former MLB infielder Trevor Plouffe discussed the Dodgers and the Bauer situation.
“This is a brand issue for them. And they don’t want — in my opinion and from what I’ve heard, they don’t want to be associated with that and answer to that. This is a $5 billion brand that a $22 million salary is not really going to affect it. You want to keep this brand pristine.”
What will happen with Trevor Bauer and the Dodgers?
— Chris Rose Sports (@ChrisRoseSports) January 3, 2023
Not one player is worth losing the billions of dollars put in to build a brand, especially one like the Dodgers. While both sides continue to talk about how to move forward the Dodgers may be content on just owing Bauer his money without seeing him in a Dodger uniform.
It’s worth noting, however, that several outlets (including Dodgers Nation) have polled fans regarding the status of the pitcher and altogether, a majority of voters would like to see him back in blue in 2023.
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