1. Trevor Bauer
Conversely, this was the easiest decision in recorded history.
Trevor Bauer, the self-proclaimed inventor of the short-time, high-AAV contract, opted into $35.33 million in 2022, and received his first theoretical win in months when a court of law decided he would not face criminal charges for the assault allegations levied against him last summer.
MLB, however, has not made any decision on Bauer’s status for 2022.
If Bauer is not cleared to participate in the upcoming season, the Dodgers will have an extremely easy decision on their hands with regard to cutting bait. If Bauer is ushered back into organized baseball, LA should still work overtime to rid themselves of a player who worked impressively hard to derail their 2021 season.
Bauer merchandise was shuffled off the shelves. His bobblehead day was canceled. He was floating in limbo, somehow still in the team’s pitching probables for an upcoming series while the league mulled a suspension. His punishment was kicked down the line time and again while his teammates unfollowed him on Instagram en masse.
He swiftly began to “fit out” after the allegations surfaced — and, again, the case was dismissed in part because of the negligibly consensual nature of the horrible acts that occurred, not the absence of those acts. The court agrees that what happened, happened.
Bauer should not be a Dodger in 2022, and he, more than anyone, does not deserve that platform.