Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been suspended by Major League Baseball for two seasons, with immediate effect, for violating the league’s policy of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The suspension – which will cover 324 games without pay – was announced by Commissioner Rob Manfred on Friday. It came after an investigation by the league into allegations that he had sexually assaulted a woman. Bauer, who joined the Dodgers last season as a free agent, was put on administrative leave, with pay, on July 2nd. Another charge of assault was reported by The Washington Post.
Bauer, 31, has been vocal in his own defense throughout the process and has filed several lawsuits against various people, including media members. He issued a statement Friday condemning the decision.
“In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league’s policy of domestic violence and sexual assault,” Bauer’s statement said. “I appeal this case and expect to be upheld. As we have done throughout this process, my representatives and I respect the confidentiality of the cases.”
In court documents and testimony, a woman said she initiated contact with Bauer and initiated a consensual relationship in April 2021, with some agreed rough sex, but that it led to sexual acts that were not consent. She has also said she was strangled with her hair until she lost consciousness. She said she returned to Bauer’s house in Pasadena, California, in May and established a sure word that would signal her desire to stop, but that she was strangled again until she lost consciousness and was beaten.
Bauer’s lawyer had said in an earlier statement that his client had messages indicating that the woman had asked to be strangled and beaten during the meetings.
Separately, The Washington Post published an investigation that revealed another incident with alleged abuse.
The Post’s report detailed how an Ohio woman had sought a protective order against Bauer in 2020 after accusing him of beating and strangling her without consent during sex. According to this report, which was based on sealed court records and other documents, the woman dropped the request six weeks after filing it and after Bauer’s lawyers threatened to sue. Farmer called the report “a false story” and accused the woman of attempting extortion.
After a series of extensions of his administrative leave last season, his year officially ended on September 21, when his administrative leave was extended until the end of the season. He was paid for the entire 2021 – his contract demanded $ 28 million – but under the terms of his suspension, he will not be paid in 2022 or 2023, the last two years of his contract with Los Angeles. If an appeal is not met, Bauer stands to lose $ 64 million in salary, according to Spotrac.
Bauer’s prospects as a free agent on his return are unknown. He will be 33 at the start of the 2024 season – still young enough to be an effective pitcher for several years – but he would need a team to look past the claims in hopes of strengthening his starting rotation. In the NFL, where Deshaun Watson was accused of sexually assaulting several women – he has denied all charges – the young quarterback was given a contract by the Cleveland Browns that guaranteed him $ 230 million.
The Dodgers, for whom Bauer only appeared in 17 games, issued a statement after the announcement, in which the team said it supports the league’s policy, but that it would not comment further because of Bauer’s right to appeal.
“The Dodgers organization takes all allegations of this kind very seriously and does not tolerate or excuse any form of domestic violence or sexual assault,” the statement said. “We have fully cooperated with the MLB’s inquiry since it began, and we fully support the MLB’s common policy on domestic violence, sexual abuse and child abuse and the Commissioner’s enforcement of the policy.”
Bauer is the 16th player to be suspended as part of the league’s policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. His suspension is twice as long as any other player has received under the policy, and he is the first of the players to say he would appeal the decision, making this unknown territory for both player and league.