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Dodgers: Trevor Bauer Reportedly Will Not Opt out of Contract for 2022



While there’s still a lot on the table for the embattled former NL Cy Young award winner Trevor Bauer, we know at least one thing now. He’s not planning on opting out of the final two years of his three-year deal. The report comes from MLB insider Jon Heyman.

This move is not surprising as there is no way anyone would ever leave $35M+ on the table. Bauer inked a three-year, $102M deal with the Dodgers back in February which has opt outs after the 2021 and 2022 season.

Importantly, the right-hander is still awaiting the outcome of a criminal investigation stemming from sexual assault allegations. The case is currently in the hands of the district attorney. From there, Major League Baseball will question Bauer about the situation as the league determines whether or not to suspend the pitcher for violating the Domestic Violence policy.

Bauer missed the final 81 games of the season in 2021 while on administrative leave following the initial filing of a temporary restraining order by a San Diego woman who alleged the assault. That TRO was dissolved by a judge back in September.

By all accounts, the Dodgers do not plan on welcoming Bauer back to the club regardless of the outcome of the legal investigation or MLB’s ruling on the DV policy. But, understandably, that remains to be certain.

More to come on this in the coming days and weeks.

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