The Dodgers will enter the new year approaching the back nine of their 14-day window to decide whether or not to activate right-hander Trevor Bauer, after his 324-game suspension was significantly reduced on Dec. 22.
That fateful day will come on Jan. 6, when the Dodgers must decide to let Bauer loose into the wild or to add him to their 40-man roster. If they *do* "bring him back," they can later deal him nearly free of charge to another team. Either way, LA is stuck with the lion's share salary commitment.
According to Jack Harris of the LA Times, the Dodgers believed a Bauer ruling would come later in the offseason, and they remain unsure of how they plan to proceed once the window closes on Jan. 6.
Regardless of the team's decision, they will be paying $22.5 million to a persona non grata this season.
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