The Washington Post

Disgraced ace Bauer signs with team in Japan


Trevor Bauer, the former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher whose career was derailed following multiple sexual assault allegation­s, agreed to pitch for the Yokohama DENA Baystars, a Japanese team.

Bauer, who won the National League Cy Young Award in 2020, was serving a record suspension for violating MLB’S domestic violence policy when he was reinstated by an arbitrator in December. Since being reinstated, he had sought a return to the majors.

The last time Bauer signed a contract, it was for $102 million over three seasons with the Dodgers, a deal announced with a news conference on the field at Dodger Stadium. This time, Sankei Sports, a newspaper in Japan, broke the news of Bauer’s signing. According to that article, Bauer’s singleseas­on contract is for 400 million yen, or roughly $3 million.

The team confirmed Bauer’s signing Monday evening, posting a video in which Bauer, 32, said that playing in Nippon Profession­al Baseball — his new league — “has always been a dream of mine and I can’t think of a better organizati­on to do it with.”

Bauer’s representa­tives did not respond to messages seeking comment.

The Dodgers will still be on the hook for $22.5 million owed to Bauer in 2023. If he had signed with an MLB team, that team — which probably would have acquired him for the league minimum — would have only offset his Dodgers salary. But because Bauer signed with a foreign club, the Japanese salary will be in addition to the Dodgers’ pay.

In January, a representa­tive for Bauer told The Washington Post that he was “negotiatin­g with multiple MLB teams for a new contract.” But the overseas deal suggests MLB teams passed on a former ace dogged by a string of similar allegation­s made by women since an initial accuser emerged in June 2021.

After that woman sought a restrainin­g order against Bauer, alleging he had strangled her unconsciou­s and repeatedly punched her during a sexual encounter that resulted in her hospitaliz­ation, more women came forward with similar allegation­s of nonconsens­ual violence during sex.

Following a lengthy investigat­ion in April, MLB suspended Bauer for 324 games, or two full seasons, the longest suspension in the history of its domestic violence policy.

Bauer appealed, leading to a months-long confidenti­al hearing during which at least two of his accusers testified against him. An arbitrator reduced the suspension to 194 games.

Prosecutor­s in Los Angeles declined to charge Bauer for the alleged sexual assault, and a judge there denied his initial accuser’s request for a restrainin­g order. Bauer has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has never publicly expressed contrition concerning the allegation­s against him. Instead, he has gone on the offensive, including by filing an ongoing defamation lawsuit against one of his accusers. — Gus Garcia-roberts

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The Rangers have been cautious with their prized addition since he reported tightness in his left side before the first spring training workout last month.

His first spring start Monday came in a controlled environmen­t for Class AAA Round Rock, when he struck out five of the eight batters he faced over two innings against Kansas City Royals minor leaguers at the complex the franchises share in Surprise, Ariz.

• OBITUARY: Joe Pepitone, an all-star and Gold Glove first baseman on the 1960s New York Yankees who gained renown for his flamboyant personalit­y, died at 82.

Pepitone, who hit 219 home runs over a 12-year career with four teams, was living with his daughter Cara at her house in Kansas City, Mo., and was found dead Monday morning.

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