Dec 22, 2022
Trevor Bauer has been reinstated after an arbitrator reduced his suspension from 324 games to 194 games, MLB announced Thursday.
It has been more than a year since Bauer last appeared on an MLB mound, having been placed on paid administrative leave on July 2, 2021, after a woman accused him of choking her to unconsciousness and assaulting her during a sexual encounter earlier that year. Two more accusers have since come forward.
Bauer has denied the allegations, calling all encounters with the women consensual and pursuing legal action against them and news outlets he has accused of defaming him. No criminal charges have been filed against him.
That administrative leave eventually led to the unprecedented suspension of two full years' worth of games in April, without credit for time served on paid leave. The arbitrator opted to count that leave as part of Bauer's suspension while docking him 50 games' worth of pay in 2023 to cover the amount he was paid while sidelined.
Even with the reduction, the punishment remains the longest suspension ever received by an active MLB player for sexual assault or domestic violence. The total cost of his suspension will be $37.5 million of the $102.5 million contract he signed after the 2020 season.
Source: Yahoo Sports