Inside the Dodgers’ decision to part ways with Trevor Bauer

PHOENIX – The Los Angeles Dodgers planned to cut ties with Trevor Bauer all along.

They never wanted to see him in a Dodger uniform again.

Still, they thought they owed him the courtesy of speaking to him directly.

Dodger executives flew to Phoenix on Thursday to meet privately with Bauer to decide if he deserved another chance, multiple high-ranking officials told USA TODAY Sports

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the private nature of the conversation.

The Dodgers owe Bauer $22.5 million this season anyway, so they decided it was worth finding out whether he deserved any consideration of remaining in the organization.

It was actually the first time the Dodgers had spoken to Bauer in the 18 months since he was placed on paid administrative leave on July 2, 2021.

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