Dodger’s drama looms as no one “wants to stand” with Trevor Bauer.

The Post’s Jon Heyman provides news and notes from MLB:

Is Trevor Bauer done?

Even though we made it clear that Bauer deserved his two-year ban, many people even believe that he will never serve at the big league level again. “Nobody wants to be up there next to him,” said one veteran baseball player. That likely includes the Dodgers as people in the game think they cut him, and possibly still do if his penalty is reduced to the point that there is still time left for his Dodgers deal. (No wonder the Dodgers aren’t commenting.) While most don’t see him signed anywhere (Roberto Osuna is a rare domestic abuser who was basically banned from MLB), there’s certainly no guarantee his 324-game penalty is upheld.

What he is accused of is abhorrent (the Washington Post said a third complainant came forward). However, the previous high sentence for spousal abuse was only half as long, and even the convicted Hector Olivera got a quarter of the sentence. Had Bauer agreed to an MLB deal, MLB likely would have been willing to deduct the 99 games he had already missed as elapsed time, leaving him with 225 games left. But he thinks he did nothing wrong and doesn’t deserve punishment. (At least he said the MLB and said it out loud.)

If the ban is upheld and LA saves the full $65 million, can you imagine how dangerous the Dodgers could be by deadline? Not that they need much help.

Trevor Bauer
Trevor Bauer
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Rockies, twin rotation, early fish surprises

The Rockies are one of those nice early surprises, coming up Thursday at 14:10 (albeit in fourth place in tough NL West). “We may not be the most talented team. But we’re not as bad as people think,” said GM Bill Schmidt. The Rockies rotation could be their best yet, CJ Cron was one of the best signings ($14.5 million over two years) and Kris Bryant showed they mean business.

Another pleasant surprise is the Twins’ rotation, which appears to have been put together late and is one of the best in MLB to date. Joe Ryan had a .745 WHIP in nine career starts, the best since Christy Mathewson (via @dohyoungpark).

Giants pitcher Carlos Rodon looks like one of the best free-agent signings, even after earning 14 times what he paid last winter ($42 million vs. $3 million) and with an opt- Out could rise again next winter.

The Braves look too right-handed. Eddie Rosario (eye) is a big loss. Doctors are amazed he only had 10 strikeouts playing with a hole in the retina of his right (lead) eye. He’ll be out for up to three months post-op… The Nats are up for sale due to alleged differences in direction among siblings and in-laws. Ted Leonsis, the Capitals owner, is a rumored potential buyer… Unreported Agent Changes: Pablo Lopez quietly hired Excel some time ago. Lopez has stepped up his game (1.66 ERA) and sounded enthusiastic in an MLB Network interview after getting married last month. Frankie Montas, a likely candidate for the July trade, hired Scott Boras a few months ago. Dodger’s drama looms as no one “wants to stand” with Trevor Bauer.


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