The Los Angeles Dodgers have released Trevor Bower (32), who is accused of assaulting a woman.
If the club does not win the ‘salary reduction lawsuit’ that is known to be preparing, it has to pay 22.5 million dollars (about 28.35 billion won) to Bower, but the Dodgers decided to part ways with Bower even after taking financial damages.
The Dodgers said on the 7th (Korean time), “In the meantime, we have actively cooperated with the Major League Secretariat’s investigation 메이저놀이터 (about Bower), and we have followed a policy that strictly prohibits domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse.” “Bauer is no longer part of our team.”
At the same time, the Dodgers placed Bower on a designated for assignment (DFA).
Players announced as DFA can transfer if they receive a recruitment offer from another club, and can go down to the minor league of their original club even if there is no transfer offer. However, the Dodgers will not accept Bower’s move to the minor leagues.
However, 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.
The club that recruits Bower only needs to pay $720,000, the minimum annual salary in the major leagues.
Given Bower’s past skills, ‘$720,000’ could be a reasonable investment.
However, if you recall the history of Bower’s controversy, it is not easy to extend your hand.
“He was unable to communicate with the club due to the administrative leave, and after the arbitration decision came out, he spoke with the Dodgers about returning to work for two weeks,” Bower said in a statement.
I met with Dodgers officials yesterday in Arizona, and they said to me, ‘I hope you’ll come back and pitch this year.’ I’m disappointed with the Dodgers’ decision,” Bower said. . I wish the Dodgers team success, and I hope they can compete again (meet them on the ground),” he said, thanking his former team.
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 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 secretariat and the players’ union issued a leave order to Bower on July 3, 2021, and extended the “leave order” until the Dodgers played 18 games in the 2022 season.
His leave order is ‘with pay’. Bower received a ‘salary’ without playing in the game from July 2021 to April 2022.
However, he will not receive salary for 143 games in 2022 and 50 games in 2023, which are included in his unpaid suspension period.
MLB.com reported that Bower was suspended for 194 games without pay and suffered a total loss of $37.5 million.
The loss is bigger for the Dodgers.
Bower pitched in just 17 games during his contract with the Dodgers (2021-2023). His performance was 8-5 with an earned run average of 2.59.
Under the current rules, the Dodgers must pay Bower an additional $22.5 million.
Local media in California said, “The Dodgers are preparing a ‘salary payment reduction lawsuit’ based on the standard contract clause that ‘must follow good citizenship and sportsmanship’.”