Trevor Bauer Makes Shocking Offer To MLB Teams

He's been out of the major leagues since 2021, after being caught up in a salacious sex scandal that he battled in court for a couple of years. He served a 194-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policies, and spent 2023 pitching in Japan. He went 10-4 with a 2.76 ERA for the Yokohama Bay Stars.

And while Bauer's last MLB contract was a three-year, $102 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, his desperation to get back into the big leagues has now led him to make a surprising offer to MLB teams, according to Jon Heyman in the New York Post:

He's willing to pitch for the major league minimum of $740,000 for any team that will have him. The PR hit any club would have to absorb would be substantial. However, when it comes to adding a former Cy Young winner, it's quite possible some teams would look past that.

“This isn’t about the money,” Bauer's lawyer and agent Jon Fetterolf told The Post. “Really, what he’s looking for is only a chance and an opportunity.

“I really feel like he’s done everything he can possibly do,” Fetterolf added. “This isn’t a guy charged with a crime. Yes, he was suspended, but he served his suspension.” 

Bauer was originally handed a 324-game suspension, but he strongly fought back against his accuser's allegations and the ban was reduced to 194 games, but that still stands as the longest-ever suspension for a player under the domestic violence policy.

Bauer does have a standing offer to return to the Bay Stars in the NPB, but he wants another shot at the majors. One team told Heyman last year that to sign Bauer, “you’d have to be from another planet.”

We'll see if the former All-Star gets an earthly offer for the major league minimum in the days and weeks ahead.

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