The Dodgers have made MLB breaking news and signed Trevor Bauer to a three-year, $102 million contract with opt-out clauses following the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The Mets reportedly offered Bauer a 3-year, a front-loaded deal that would pay him $40 million in 2021, but Bauer chose to join the 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
MLB Breaking News: Trevor Bauer Finally Signs with Dodgers
Although this move may have been surprised at the beginning of the offseason, Trevor Bauer has moved on from Cincinnati, opting to join the World Series champions instead. Following a Cy Young award-winning season in 2020, Bauer joins a rotation that includes Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw, so he may not even be a top-2 pitcher in their rotation.
Fans and reporters have been waiting for this MLB breaking news all off-season, and Bauer finally made his decision. Bauer’s signing leaves Justin Turner’s future with the Dodgers less clear, but they went out and added a Cy Young award winner. While Bauer may not be the best pitcher in baseball, he still has electric stuff and short-term deals usually end up being team-friendly.
Since 2018, Bauer has a 3.18 ERA, 3.37 FIP, 11.6 WAR, 21.9% K-BB%, and 3.61 SIERA. Although these numbers may not look the best, they’re great, and since his spin rate miraculously increased in September 2019. Since Sept. 1, 2019, Bauer has a 2.36 ERA, 3.37 FIP, 3.46 xFIP, 28.2% K-BB%, and 3.12 SIERA in 99.1 innings.
The New-Look Dodgers
The Dodgers are in an interesting position, coming off a World Series title. Fans are always quick to crown dynasties, but this Dodgers team seems destined to win another title in 2021, even if they’re not able to bring back long-time 3rd baseman Justin Turner. The 2021 Dodgers rotation now includes three Cy-Young winners (Bauer, Kershaw, Price) as well as young arms like Walker Buehler and Julio Urias.
Bauer’s $45 million in 2022 is a lot, but only Bauer, Betts, Pollock, and Price are on the books through that year, so they still have plenty of financial flexibility moving forward. Bauer’s deal can probably be looked at as a two-year, $85 million deal, as it’s likely that if he pitches well, Bauer will opt out of the 2023 option.
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