There’s a lot of questions surrounding the 2022 MLB season. There are even more questions about the possible return of pitcher Trevor Bauer to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022.
On Monday, Bauer hinted at a return to the Dodgers via Twitter.
Looking forward to it! https://t.co/VXUmG6rk8h
— Trevor Bauer (?????????) (@BauerOutage) January 3, 2022
Bauer was initially placed on administrative leave on July 2nd after allegations of sexual assault. In a rare showing of cooperation between the two parties, MLB and the MLBPA agreed to extend his leave multiple times to allow for the investigation by the Pasadena Police Department to be completed.
Bauer did not throw a single pitch for the Dodgers after a June 28th start against the San Francisco Giants.
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Now, the Los Angeles County district attorney must decide whether or not to file criminal charges against Bauer based on the findings of the police investigation. Once the DA makes their decision, the MLB league office can in turn decide whether or not to suspend Bauer.
Note, the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy allows Commissioner Rob Manfred to suspend him even if charges are not filed by the DA.
Once the league office makes their decision, the Dodgers front office can then decide how they want to proceed with the 30-year old pitcher.
The Bauer situation has been a challenge for many, including the Dodgers organization. It is not as paramount as criminal allegations, but there are major salary cap implications for the Dodgers. Bauer is owed $32 million in salary for the 2022 season.
What the LA County DA decides to do is the first domino to fall in a multi-faceted situation devoid of any easy solutions.