And that's (probably) a wrap on Trevor Bauer's Major League Baseball career, too! It took some time, but the right-hander will be pitching overseas after the Los Angeles Dodgers released him back in January in wake of his suspension reduction.
Bauer couldn't find any suitors on American soil as a result of the sexual assault allegations he was facing dating back to 2021 and opted to sign with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of the Nippon Professional Baseball Organizaion (Japan's pro league).
If Freddie Freeman was blunt about Bauer's departure from the Dodgers, it was obvious that this wouldn't end well for the right-hander, as far as his MLB career was concerned.
Nonetheless, the 32-year-old Bauer inked a one-year, $4 million contract (with incentives) and will look to resurrect his baseball career in another country. Opening Day for NPB will also take place on March 30 -- the same day as MLB's.
Trevor Bauer's Dodgers career ends with deal in Japan with BayStars
Bauer last pitched on June 28, 2021, before he was placed on administrative leave and then later suspended for a record 324 games by commissioner Rob Manfred. His punishment was later reduced this past December by an independent arbitrator, but that only affected the amount of money he would earn. It clearly didn't change the league's perception of his situation.
Bauer also had his lawsuit against Deadspin thrown out earlier this month in what was another loss for his image/reputation.
He'll now start anew 5,486 miles away, GoPro and all.
Yokohama has made the postseason in NPB three out of the last five seasons (the Climax Series), but couldn't get past the first round any of those times. From last year's performance, they're one of the best teams in Japan, but this news story doesn't really have anybody concerned about title chances given the baggage/PR troubles Bauer comes with.