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Trevor Bauer faces Dodgers prospects, but no MLB scouts attend game, report says

Former Cy Young winner That of Trevor Bauer comeback attempt took him into the backfields at Los Angeles Dodgers' spring training complex. On Sunday, Bauer pitched three scoreless innings against the minor league Dodgers while pitching for the Asian Breeze, a revenue team made up mostly of amateur players hoping to get noticed by scouts.

Bauer, who was released by the Dodgers in January 2023 after serving the longest suspension in the history of MLB's domestic violence policy, lamented not having another opportunity to play in the big leagues after Sunday's release.

“I mean, if you think about it, I should have the opportunity to sign with a major league team,” Bauer said (by ESPN). “I'm just asking for the league minimum, so it's not about the money. I've served my suspension twice. I've been cleared of everything in the legal system. If you think about it logically, it There’s really no reason.”

According to The Athleticit does not appear that any major league scouts attended Sunday's game.

Bauer has repeatedly said he would accept the minimum salary, set at $740,000 for 2024, from an MLB team, but none have yet accepted his offer. The 2023 season was the final year of Bauer's three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers. The suspension cost him approximately $40 million in salary.

Bauer, 33, was suspended 324 games after two women alleged consensual sex with Bauer turned violent. Two other women later made similar allegations. The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office declined to file criminal charges against Bauer, who settled the civil charges out of court with one of the women. His suspension was reduced to 194 games on appeal.

After being released by the Dodgers, Bauer spent 2023 with the Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars in Japan, where he went 11-4 with a 2.59 ERA in 156 2/3 innings. Bauer is 83-69 with a 3.79 ERA over parts of 10 MLB seasons. He won the NL Cy Young Award with the Cincinnati Reds during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

The Dodgers share the Camelback Ranch spring training complex with the Chicago Sox. It's unclear whether the Dodgers knew Bauer would be pitching at their facility Sunday before the Breeze announcement.

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