Trevor Bauer’s Suspension Reduced to 194 Matches; Bauer Returned, Effective Immediate

Major League Baseball announced Thursday night that a 324-game suspension had been implemented. Trevor Bauer It was reduced to 194 votes on appeal. He has already fulfilled all of this prohibition. He will be reinstated, effective immediately.

Today, the neutral referee chosen by the MLB and MLBPA confirmed that Trevor Bauer violated Major League Baseball’s Common Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy.In the statement made by the league, the following statements were included:After a thorough review of the available evidence, the impartial referee upheld the suspension of 194 games free of charge. As part of the decision, the referee effectively immediately reinstated Mr Bauer with a salary loss covering 144 games for which he was suspended during the 2022 season. In addition, the referee cut Bauer’s salary for the first 50 games of the 2023 season (i.e. the period from 30 March 2023 to 23 May 2023). While we believe a longer suspension is necessary, the MLB will abide by the decision of the impartial referee who approves the suspension of baseball’s longest-ever active player for sexual assault or domestic violence.

We understand that this process has been difficult for the witnesses involved and we thank them for their participation. Due to the affiliate program’s collectively agreed confidentiality provisions, we are unable to provide further details at this time.

A California woman filed a civil lawsuit accusing Bauer of assaulting her during sex, and Major League Baseball placed her on administrative leave when these allegations were made public in July 2021. He spent the remainder of that season on paid administrative leave by mutual agreement of the MLB, and the Players Association conducted an investigation in the league. Two women from Ohio later came forward with allegations that Bauer had assaulted them in previous years.

The California woman filed for a long-term restraining order against Bauer. In August 2021, a judge denied this request, finding that he did not pose an ongoing threat to his safety. Bauer never filed a criminal complaint, as he refused to initiate a criminal proceeding following the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s investigation. “After a thorough review of the available evidence, including civil restraining order proceedings, witness statements, and physical evidence, People are unable to substantiate the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.The DA’s office said at the time.

Even if no criminal charges have been filed, disciplinary action is permitted if the MLB’s investigation finds that a player has violated the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse common policy. The league did this in April and introduced a 324-game ban that came into effect from the date of its suspension. That would have kept Bauer out for the entire 2022-23 season (and a few weeks in 2024); Bauer immediately appealed and became the first player to appeal a domestic violence sentence.

The appeal process has been played out in the last eight months. Under the terms of the policy, the panel consisted of three people, one selected by the league, one selected by the Players Association and approved by both parties.

As noted in the league statement, the panel found that Bauer violated the Domestic Violence policy. Time missed in the second half of 2021 and the entire ’22 campaign confirmed. After the suspension was announced, Bauer was unable to receive his salary for the 2022 season and will forfeit that season’s salary. He will also lose his salary for the first 50 games of the next season, as this means retroactive payment of the salary he collected during his time on administrative leave from July 2021 to April 2022.

However, the board also determined that the MLB suspension was excessive and lifted 130 games from the ban. Depending on the number of games he has already missed, he will be eligible to return to the pitch at the opening of next season.

Bauer was on the restricted list and was excluded from Dodgers’ 40-man squad from the time he was put on administrative leave. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweets The team will have until January 6 to return him to the roster or release him. Bob Nightengale from USA Today tweets The Dodgers are expected to release Bauer, but the team has yet to comment on the matter.

Even if Dodgers releases Bauer, it’s a meaningful improvement for the organization financially. Los Angeles will owe him his 2023 salary whether they keep him on the roster or not. They won’t have to pay him for the first 50 games of the season, but they will be on hold for the remainder of his $32 million salary. After accounting for his allotted salary, he will still owe about $22.12 million. Perhaps more meaningfully, that money is now returning to the luxury tax book for Dodgers’ 2023 campaign. As calculated by Roster Resource, Los Angeles’ CBT count jumped to nearly $232 million. That’s just $1 million below next year’s $233 million base tax threshold.

Reports in recent weeks have suggested the Dodgers are reluctant to spend this winter aggressively, in part because of a desire to keep resilience below the CBT threshold if Bauer’s sentence is lowered. With that in place, they’ll have virtually no financial breathing room without cutting their salaries, unless they’re willing to pay the luxury tax for a third season in a row.

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