Trevor Bauer doesn’t deserve a second probability with Dodgers

The Dodgers have 14 days to resolve whether or not the abruptly eligible Trevor Bauer can rejoin their sagging rotation and enhance their thinning workforce.

It ought to take them solely 14 seconds.

No. No. No.

The Dodgers have the gorgeous probability so as to add a former Cy Younger winner to a depleted roster that in current weeks has misplaced one MVP, 4 All-Stars and a clubhouse cornerstone.

What are they ready for?

A thousand occasions, no.

It shouldn’t be an choice, a query, or perhaps a passing thought. The choice ought to be made by the point you start studying this column. The announcement ought to be made by the point you end it.

The Dodgers have given Trevor Bauer his unconditional launch.

The Dodgers shouldn’t be swayed by Thursday’s information that Bauer’s suspension for violating baseball’s coverage on sexual assault and home violence had been diminished from 324 video games to 194 video games.

The Dodgers shouldn’t be lured by arbitrator Martin Scheinman’s ruling that, though Bauer has served solely 144 days of the suspension, he’s eligible to be reinstated instantly with 50 days of docked pay.

The Dodgers shouldn’t be enticed by that vacant spot on their mound, that vacant locker of their clubhouse, or the empty offseason throughout which they’ve clearly fallen behind the big-spending San Diego Padres.

It mustn’t matter that each little bit of baseball sense says carry him again.

Each little bit of humanity says not in your life.

“We have just been informed of the arbitrator’s ruling and will comment as soon as practical,” the Dodgers mentioned in an announcement late Thursday afternoon.

It’s already sensible. Their remark ought to already be written.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer prepares to throw in opposition to the Colorado Rockies on March 1, 2021.

(Rob Tringali / Getty Pictures)

C’mon, Dodgers, simply say it, loud and proud in a fashion befitting your position as each a group chief and touchstone.

The Dodgers have given Trevor Bauer his unconditional launch.

No, they shouldn’t spend the following 14 days making an attempt to commerce him for 3 prospects and a few chump change. It’s unseemly, and certainly no one will instantly contact him anyway.

By releasing him they may owe him his closing 12 months’s wage minus these 50 video games, however will probably be the very best $22.5 million they ever spent.

Backside line, the most important chunk of the unique suspension for Bauer’s alleged involvement in sexual assault allegations by three ladies was upheld.

The arbitrator didn’t rule the whole penalty unjust. Quite the opposite, he validated 194 video games price.

So, if the Dodgers introduced again Bauer, they might primarily be rehiring a participant who simply served the longest sexual assault and home violence suspension within the seven-year historical past of that coverage. Additionally they could be bringing again the one suspended participant throughout that point with a couple of accuser.

Is that an accomplishment worthy of the franchise of Jackie Robinson? Is that how the Dodgers wish to observe a season throughout which they celebrated integrity by unveiling a statue to Sandy Koufax and holding a memorial service for Vin Scully?

Trevor Bauer stands on the field during a spring training game.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer.

(Rob Tringali / Getty Pictures)

The Dodgers already compromised their historical past by buying Bauer within the first place, his signing in February 2021 coming full with purple flags surrounding his web bullying of girls.

The league positioned him on investigative depart simply 4 months later after a San Diego lady requested for a restraining order in opposition to him whereas alleging he had sexually assaulted her.

A choose later denied the restraining order, ruling that the girl was, “materially misleading” in her request. The Los Angeles County district lawyer additionally declined to file legal expenses.

However final spring, baseball suspended Bauer after two different ladies made comparable allegations in opposition to him within the Washington Submit. Bauer has denied wrongdoing in each occasion and have become the primary participant to enchantment a suspension underneath the sexual assault and home violence coverage. This led to the arbitration listening to, which featured testimony from two of the three ladies and included, in keeping with the Washington Submit, a 28-minute telephone dialog between Bauer and his San Diego accuser through which Bauer admitted hitting her.

The Dodgers shouldn’t want to listen to it to behave on it. The Dodgers ought to ask themselves one query for which there’s one reply.

Did this participant simply serve a record-long suspension for alleged violence towards ladies?

Sure.

See ya.

The Dodgers want to consider how they dealt with the current free company of shortstop Carlos Correa, who was in the midst of the Houston Astros’ 2017 dishonest scandal that price the Dodgers a World Collection championship.

They desperately wanted him, however they didn’t pursue him, as a result of they rightfully knew their followers would by no means settle for him.

That is Correa to the nth diploma. Actually, Bauer will at all times have his allies who declare he ought to be welcomed again to the workforce as a result of he was by no means charged with a criminal offense, however that assist has dwindled with each accusation, and right here’s guessing the general public venom unleashed upon his first look in a Dodgers uniform could be historic.

Bauer clearly doesn’t agree.

“Can’t wait to see y’all out at a stadium soon,” Bauer tweeted Thursday.

Does he imply Dodger Stadium?

Not in one million years.