The Los Angeles Dodgers made Trevor Bauer the highest-paid pitcher in Major League Baseball when they signed him to a three-year, $102 million contract before the 2021 season. They now might be regretting that decision with the former Cy Young winner facing sexual assault allegations.
A California woman claims Bauer choked her until she lost consciousness on multiple occasions, punched her in several areas and left her with injuries that required hospitalization following two sexual encounters earlier this year.
However, the issues don't stop there.
Earlier this week, The Washington Post reported that Bauer was issued a temporary order of protection last year after he allegedly physically abused an Ohio woman and made a death threat toward her.
Bauer denied the allegations, saying the woman harassed him and tried to extort him for "millions of dollars" in exchange for her not coming forward with "false claims."
After the latest report and Bauer's statement, the Dodgers released a memo to staff on Monday. According to the memo, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers were unaware that Bauer was given a temporary order of protection last year.
"The Dodgers had no knowledge of the temporary restraining order that was issued against Bauer and placed under seal in Ohio or of the allegations made in connection with that order, until recent reports," the memo said.
Bauer has been on administrative leave since early July and could continue to be sidelined if the situation is not resolved as he is currently being investigated by the Pasadena Police Department and MLB.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reported last month that the "majority" of Bauer's teammates don't want him back in the clubhouse "under any circumstances." So, it's unclear exactly what will happen if and when Bauer is eligible to return this year.