Baseball: Trevor Bauer goes into exile in Japan
After being passed over by all 30 Manfred Tour teams due to sexual assault allegations against him, pitcher Trevor Bauer has signed a one-year contract with the Yokohama Baystars, in Japan.
The Californian gunner's last game in the major leagues dates back to June 28, 2021. Three days later, the ex-member of the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball was suspended for 326 games when a woman accused him of rape.
The suspension has since been reduced to 194 games and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office decided to not to follow up on the allegations against the 32-year-old athlete. However, two other Ohio native women also criticized Bauer for his abusive behavior.
Free as air, he could get along with every major league team, but no doubt they judged that his talent was not worth the public relations nightmare that would have accompanied his signing.
Bauer won the Cy-Young Trophy in 2020, with the Cincinnati Reds. He also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cleveland Indians.
In Japan, he will receive $4 million. The Dodgers, however, still owe him $24.4 million in salary under the deal he signed in 2020.