The Los Angeles Dodgers have finally released Trevor Bower, 32, after being accused of assaulting a woman. Financial damage is expected, but she decided to part with him even at the risk of it.
On the 7th, the Dodgers said, “In the meantime, we actively cooperated with the MLB investigation and followed a policy that strictly prohibited domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.” (194 games). Bower is no longer part of our team.” The Dodgers issued an official statement and placed Bower on standby (DFA) for assignment. Players announced as DFA can transfer if they receive a recruitment offer from another club, and can go down to the minor leagues of their original club even if there is no transfer offer. However, the Dodgers will not accept Bower’s move to the minor leagues.
In April and May 2021, Bower was investigated by the prosecution for committing sadistic acts accompanied by violence during sexual intercourse. Los Angeles County prosecutors issued a non-prosecution order against 스포츠토토 Bower in February of last year, but the MLB secretariat conducted an in-depth investigation according to its own rules for severe sexual and domestic violence, and on April 30, 2022, suspended 324 games without pay.
An independent arbitrator recognized by the Major League Baseball office and the players union recommended reducing Bower’s unpaid suspension to 194 games, which the MLB Office accepted on December 23 last year.
The Dodgers, who signed a three-year, $102 million contract with Bower ahead of the 2021 season, must pay $22.5 million for the 2023 annual salary excluding 50 unpaid suspensions. Clubs that recruit Bower only have to pay $720,000, the lowest annual salary in the major leagues.
However, it is not easy to predict that there will be a club willing to take Bower no matter how small the amount.
Bower said in his statement, “I was unable to communicate with the club due to the administrative leave, and after the arbitration decision came out, I talked with the Dodgers about returning for two weeks. I met with Dodgers officials yesterday in Arizona, and they said to me, ‘I hope you come back and throw the ball this year.’
Nevertheless, “I am grateful for the support the Dodgers have given me in the meantime. I wish the Dodgers team success, and I hope they will compete again (meet them on the ground),” he said, expressing his gratitude to his former team.