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Dylan Hernandez: The time has come for Andrew Friedman to push Dodgers' reset button

Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — When it comes to Trevor Bauer, what's important is what the Dodgers aren't talking about.

They aren't talking about his future, which is as good a sign as any they don't see him as a part of theirs.

Less certain is how much the Dodgers still have to pay the alleged modern-day Marquis de Sade. His contract is worth $64 million over the next two years.

The Dodgers don't know when they will learn how Bauer will impact their budget. The amount they owe Bauer can be reduced if he is suspended without pay by Major League Baseball, which might not discipline the knucklehead pitcher until the Los Angeles Country district attorney's office decides whether to file criminal charges related to sexual assault accusations made against him by a woman.

The unresolved situation with Bauer further complicates what was already expected to be the team's most arduous offseason since Andrew Friedman traded former franchise cornerstone Matt Kemp in his first winter as the president of baseball operations.

"The offseason is challenging in a lot of ways, in that the timing element of it is tricky to navigate," Friedman said last week at baseball's general managers' meetings in Carlsbad.

 

Friedman was describing offseasons in general.

The timing element of this particular offseason will be trickier than usual, and not only because of Bauer's uncertain effect on the payroll.

Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expires on Dec. 1 at 8:59 p.m. Pacific time. Unless the league and players' union can reach a new deal by then, there will be a labor stoppage, which will temporarily freeze the free-agent and trade markets.

That's not ideal for the Dodgers, who could be forced to turn over a significant portion of their active roster.

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