Former Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer has found a new home for the 2023 season

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer / Todd Kirkland/GettyImages

It took him a little while, but Trevor Bauer finally found a new team to pitch for in 2023. No, Bauer won't be on a major league roster during the upcoming season, but he'll still receive a pretty penny courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bauer signed a one-year/$4-million contract to play overseas in Japan for the Yokohama Baystars. That $4-million, combined with what the Dodgers owe the former Cy Young Award-winner, will bring his 2023 salary to about $26-million.

Bauer spent part of the 2019 season and all of the abbreviated 2020 season with the Cincinnati Reds after being dealt at the trade deadline for Yasiel Puig and former top outfield prospect Taylor Trammell.

Former Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer will play overseas in 2023.

Trevor Bauer will go down in history as the first player to ever win a Cy Young Award while pitching for the Cincinnati Reds. But the rest of his major league tenure is likely to be marred by controversy.

Prior to his trade to Cincinnati, Bauer was known for his immature antics while pitching for the then-Cleveland Indians. His actions were well-publicized, including launching a ball over the centerfield wall after a brutal fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals in 2019.

Bauer, after reaching free agency following a terrific season with the Reds in 2020, signed a three-year/$102-million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. But domestic violence allegations emerged in 2021, costing Bauer the second-half of that season and all of 2022.

Bauer was officially suspended for 324 games, but that was eventually reduced to 194 games, meaning that the right-hander was available to pitch for any major league team this season.

It appears that no team was willing to take on the PR nightmare that would have come with signing Trevor Bauer, so instead, the 32-year-old will head over to Japan in an attempt to jumpstart his career. If Bauer is able to put up good numbers and be on his best behavior while pitching for the Baystars, perhaps he'll get the opportunity to return to Major League Baseball in 2024.

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