Here’s why LAD can’t free Trevor Bauer… yet

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Chances are, Los Angeles Dodgers fans have seen the last of Trevor Bauer. Depending on how the investigation into the sexual assault allegations he faces, it’s also possible that baseball fans saw the last of him.

But for now, everything hangs in the balance. Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended for the second time since his absence from the team on July 2. Now he will be out until at least July 27 as the Pasadena Police Department continues its investigation.

Most fans (yes, unfortunately there is a small sect of supporters who continue to defend Bauer) are disgusted and want him no longer associated with the Dodgers. Although the team botched their attempts to remedy (as best they could) the situation when given the chance (Dave Roberts’ comments a few weeks ago and Stan Kasten’s comments this week ), decision has been made to cancel Bauer’s bobblehead party on August 19th and remove all equipment from the official team store. Decision making tends to erase Bauer in the long term.

But for some, this is not enough.

The LA Times columnist says the Dodgers should release Trevor Bauer… now.

Some want him to go now. And Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke echoed that sentiment with an op-ed Thursday. It would definitely send a message … but it’s a bit complicated.

The Dodgers just can’t do it yet, even if you take the financial side out of the equation. Eating $ 100 million wouldn’t exactly be ideal, but a $ 3.57 billion franchise could theoretically do.

There are other issues related to the severing of ties with Bauer right now. Again, they could probably face whatever stems from such an extreme decision, but that could get complicated with MLBPA and any legal action Bauer likely chooses to take.

“Releasing Bauer could cost them the nearly $ 100 million left on his contract. It would also likely lead to all kinds of legal action against the team by the MLB, the players’ union and Bauer, whose contract is in process. fact protected by the same policy that led to his administrative leave, ”wrote Bill Plaschke in his column for the Los Angeles Times, urging the team to cut Bauer anyway.

MLB admittedly dropped the ball. The fact that there is no provision stating that teams can cancel contracts or change contract wording after players are charged / arrested / convicted of domestic violence or sexual assault is a glaring oversight. Yes, due process needs to play a role, but if a team doesn’t want the baggage anymore (or just doesn’t want to support a suspected domestic / sexual abuser!) There should be some sort of solution.

Ultimately, there is no doubt that the MLB and MLBPA will be working on crafting a more definitive policy for such cases, given what has happened in recent years. And with top players like Bauer and Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna being embroiled in such controversies, something definitely needs to be done.

Once there is a clearer way to do it, you can expect the Dodgers to cut ties with Bauer. But for now, he will remain on paid leave due to all the residual headaches the team can create by making a premature decision – although such a move would be supported by many anyway.

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