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Trevor Bauer left baffled after Dodgers cut him amid sexual assault allegations

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Friday the release of pitcher Trevor Bauer, who released a statement claiming the team had previously said they wanted him for the 2023 MLB season.

Bauer, 31, was accused by a San Diego woman of beating and sexually abusing her in 2021. Prosecutors found no evidence to back her allegations and Bauer was never charged with a crime.

"The Dodgers organization believes that allegations of sexual assault or domestic violence should be thoroughly investigated, with due process given to the accused," the Los Angeles franchise said in a statement. "From the beginning, we have fully cooperated with Major League Baseball's investigation and strictly followed the process stipulated under MLB's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

"Two extensive reviews of all the available evidence in this case - one by Commissioner Manfred and another by a neutral arbitrator - concluded that Mr. Bauer's actions warranted the longest ever active player suspension in our sport for violations of this policy. Now that this process has been completed, and after careful consideration, we have decided that he will no longer be part of our organization."

Bauer, who maintained his innocence from the start, did not expect for the Dodgers to release him.

Trevor Bauer claims Dodgers wanted him back

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred initially suspended Bauer 324 games for violating the league's domestic violence and sexual assault policy, but was later only handed a 194-game suspension after the MLBPA submitted a grievance on his behalf.

"While we were unable to communicate throughout the administrative leave and arbitration process, my representatives spoke to Dodgers leadership immediately following the arbitration decision," Bauer said in a statement. "Following two weeks of conversations around my return to the organization, I sat down with Dodgers leadership in Arizona, who told me that they wanted me to return and pitch for the team this year.

"While I am disappointed by the organization's decision today, I appreciate the wealth of support I've received from the Dodgers clubhouse. I wish the Dodgers players all the best and look forward to competing elsewhere."

The Dodgers will still need to pay Bauer over $22.5 million remaining on his contract.

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