The Los Angeles Dodgers are releasing starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, the team announced Friday.
The move comes after a neutral arbitrator ruled in favor of Bauer in the appeal of his 324-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. His ban was reduced to 194 games retroactive to when it was issued, thus allowing him to be reinstated with immediate effect.
The Dodgers had 14 days from the ruling to either place the right-hander on their 40-man roster or release him.
The team initially declined to tip its hand.
“We have just been informed of the arbitrator’s ruling and will comment as soon as practical,” Los Angeles said in a statement.
The Dodgers signed Bauer to a three-year, $102 million contract in 2021. He made 17 starts for the team the following season before getting placed on administrative leave for the first time in July 2021.