Trevor Bauer is returning to professional baseball, albeit in a vastly different league.
The former Cy Young Award winner has signed a contract to play for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league, per a report Monday. The Japan-based website Sanspo.com reported the deal is for one year and $4 million plus incentives. According to Monday’s report, the BayStars made the offer to Bauer after a careful investigation and discussions.
Bauer, 32, was granted his unconditional release by the Los Angeles Dodgers on January 12 after clearing waivers, making him a free agent. There apparently were no takers in the major leagues, however.
He last pitched June 28, 2021, before allegations of sexual assault surfaced. He was placed on paid leave amid a Major League Baseball investigation, and he ultimately received a record suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.
The Dodgers still owe Bauer the remaining $22.5 million on his contract.
Former Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer has signed a contract to play for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league, per a report Monday
View of Yokohama Stadium, the home field of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Naka-ku
Following the investigation, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Bauer for two full seasons last April over allegations made by a woman who claimed Bauer sexually assaulted her over two encounters. Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file charges in the case.
On December 22 a neutral arbitrator reinstated Bauer, reducing his punishment from 324 games to 194 — covering 144 games he was suspended for in 2022 and another 50 games of docked pay this coming season. Bauer was eligible to pitch immediately in 2023.
Bauer signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers after winning the 2020 National League Cy Young Award with the Cincinnati Reds.
In his only season with the Dodgers, he finished 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 starts in 2021.
An All-Star in 2018, Bauer owns an 83-69 record with a 3.79 ERA in 222 career appearances (212 starts) with the Arizona Diamondbacks, then-Cleveland Indians, Reds and Dodgers.
Bauer’s accuser, Lindsey Hill, claimed in her filing that she consented to have sex with Bauer on two occasions, but said he went overboard by punching her, chocking her unconscious, and sodomizing her without her consent. This photo was previously provided by her attorney
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer (left) has been sued for sexual battery by the woman who publicly accused him last year of choking and punching her during two sexual encounters. The lawsuit is the latest chapter in the ongoing legal battle between the suspended MLB star and Lindsey Hill (right), who is countersuing Bauer in a federal courthouse in Los Angeles in response to his defamation suit against her filed in April
Bauer filed a defamation lawsuit against his accuser, Lindsey Hill, in April of 2022, only to be countersued in August.
Hill, who was 27 when she says Bauer sexually assaulted her in April and May of 2021, is accusing Bauer of attempting to silence her by suing her for defamation.
In her filing, obtained by DailyMail.com, Hill seeks unspecified damages and reiterates accusations she made against Bauer in 2021.
‘Bauer has again victimized Hill by leveraging his considerable resources to file a meritless lawsuit based on Hill’s exercise of her legal rights in speaking with the proper authorities about what had happened,’ read her legal filing.
‘Bauer’s disgraceful message is clear: battered women should remain silent, because neither the police nor the courts will protect them from a rich man scorned.’
In a statement given to DailyMail.com, Shawn Holley and Jon Fetterolf – attorneys for Bauer – responded: ‘Lindsey Hill’s claims were judicially disproven last August following a hearing regarding a DVRO petition filed in bad faith.
‘She ”materially misled” the court and could not meet the lowest burden of proof in our justice system — because her claims were false. She is being sued for defamation to be held accountable for her lies and the damage it has caused.
‘Her countersuit is a regurgitation of her judicially disproven claims and yet another attempt by Ms. Hill to defame Mr. Bauer and seek to profit from her lies.’
Spectators watch the Yokohama DeNA BayStars vs Hanshin TigersA beseball game at the Yokohama Stadium, the Olympic baseball and softball venue, in Yokohama on November 1, 2020 after following safety measures against the Covid-19 coronavirus
Hill, a San Diego native, was granted a temporary restraining order against Bauer on June 28, 2021 after being treated for her injuries at hospital near her home and giving a statement to police.
Her attempts to obtain a permanent restraining order against him here denied and prosecutors in Los Angeles said in February that they would not pursue criminal charges because there was insufficient evidence to prove her claims beyond a reasonable doubt.
Bauer has admitted the two had intercourse, but says both encounters were ‘wholly consensual.’
According to Bauer’s lawsuit, reviewed by DailyMail.com, Hill ‘fabricated allegations of sexual assault’ in order to create a ‘media blitz’ and ‘extract millions of dollars’ from the situation. The filing said ‘the damage to Mr. Bauer has been extreme’ after her claim that Bauer choked here into unconsciousness, punched her several times, and sodomized her without her consent.
The former Cy Young Award winner was placed on leave in 2021 after the allegations surfaced, and has since been given a 324-game suspension, which he is appealing. MLB does have the autonomy to suspend players without criminal convictions, as outlined in the league’s domestic violence policy.
Hill is among three women who have accused Bauer of sexual assault.
The LA County District Attorney’s office didn’t think it could prove charges against Bauer
As the Washington Post uncovered in August of 2021, an Ohio woman had also tried to get a temporary restraining order against Bauer in June of 2020, and police reports showed that she accused him of physical assault in 2017 after receiving death threats from the pitcher.
Then in April, the Post reported another Ohio woman’s claim that Bauer had also choked her unconscious and sodomized her without consent during his time with Cleveland’s minor league affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. She also shared screenshots of text messages with the Post, purportedly showing Bauer telling her: ‘I want to f*** you while you’re completely unconscious.’
Bauer has also denied these allegations.
In 2021, Bauer’s attorneys filed text messages between Hill and Bauer as well as others between Hill and her cousin in which she describes sex with their client as ‘consensual’ but said he ‘took it too far’ by leaving her with black eyes.
In response to the release of the Hill’s text messages, her attorneys provided DailyMail.com with an unredacted photo of their client showing the injuries she allegedly suffered as a result a sexual encounter with Bauer.
In one text exchange, Hill told her cousin that her face was ‘f***ed up’ and asked the cousin not to say anything about the injuries
‘Look at this picture,’ attorney Bryan Freedman told DailyMail.com in a statement. ‘No one – absolutely no one – can consent to this, logically or legally. Trevor Bauer’s team continues to try to abuse an assault victim. They need to stop. Now.’
Attorneys for Bauer and for the woman said during a court session last month they intend to call several witnesses, including Bauer, and argue over the order in a hearing that’s expected to last three days.
That hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court has been pushed back to August 16.
Hill’s original filing includes pictures of herself with scratches and bruising on her face and lips. She also said she had bruising on her gums and near her vagina, where she claims Bauer had punched her repeatedly, leaving her ‘crying and violently shaking.’
She said she had sexual encounters with Bauer in April and May of 2021, but that both episodes turned violent. She specifically alleged that Bauer punched her in the face, vagina, and buttocks, and strangled her with her own hair until she lost consciousness. Hill was later hospitalized, she said, due to injuries sustained from her sexual encounters with Bauer.
During one encounter, Hill claims she passed out and found Bauer sodomizing her when she regained consciousness.
‘I agreed to have consensual sex; however, I did not agree or consent to what he did next,’ Hill said in her filing. ‘I did not agree to be sexually assaulted.’
Hill said she was bleeding and struggling to walk after non-consensual anal sex, but added: ‘In my state at that time, I did not think Trevor was a threat to do anything against my will for the remainder of the night.’
Hill shared pictures of her injuries with her cousin over text messages
Hill described their encounters as ‘consensual,’ but said he ‘took it too far’ by leaving her with black eyes, according to text messages released by his attorneys in 2021
The following day, Hill said, Bauer asked Hill jokingly if she was ‘feeling a little sore this morning?’
Hill said she told him that she didn’t enjoy it and said he seemed to understand.
Bauer continued to communicate with Hill over text messages and social media for the next three weeks, discussing baseball and her new job. Some of the conversations were of ‘a sexual nature.’
When the pair met again, Hill said they agreed on a safe word which she says Bauer ignored, choking her until she lost consciousness. When she awoke, he was punching her in the face, she claimed.
‘This was the first punch I felt but it is very possible that Trevor had already been punching and scratching the right side of my face while I was unconscious,’ she said.
‘Trevor then punched me hard with a closed fist to the left side of my jaw, the left side of my head, and both cheekbones. I remember this vividly and it was extremely startling and painful.
‘I was absolutely frozen and terrified. I could not speak or move. After punching me several times, he then flipped me back onto my stomach and began choking me with hair. I lost consciousness again.’
Hill said that she was crying and shaking after regaining consciousness and that Bauer reportedly began to console her, allegedly saying: ‘You’re safe. I’m here. You’re safe… I would never do those things to you if it wasn’t sexually.’
When she returned from Pasadena to San Diego the following day, Hill experienced severe headaches and began vomiting. After speaking with friends, she checked herself into a local emergency room where she told medical staff what happened to her.
On May 21, 2021, three days after their second and final sexual encounter, Pasadena Police had Hill ask Bauer for a phone call, which they planned to record. In the text exchange pictured above, Hill is seeing telling Bauer ‘hearing your voice would help’ and he responded by asking her if she wanted to discuss the incident