Trevor Bauer will be pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021.
The Cy Young Award winner announced that he would be heading west, and would join the Dodgers for the next three seasons.
Bauer, the top free agent this off-season had narrowed his choices to the New York Mets and the Dodgers. He will sign a three-year deal with the Dodgers worth 102 Million dollars.
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But, there is a catch. The contract has an opt-out clause after years one and two.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, Bauer will make 40 million dollars in year one and 45 million dollars in year two.
The 30-year right-hander played on a one-year deal with Cincinnati last season earning 6.4 million dollars on a prorated contract.
Bauer was 5-4 in 2020 with a 1.73 ERA with 100 strikeouts and 17 walks. Opposing batters hit .159 against Bauer this season.
Bauer had turned down a one year 18.9 million dollar offer earlier this off-season from the Reds so he could test free agency.
He has become one of baseball’s most polarizing figures because of his Twitter account, and his constant criticism of MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred.
Bauer becomes the highest-paid player in MLB with his 40 million dollar salary this year. Mike Trout of the Los Angels Angels has the second highest salary at 36 million dollars.
So the two highest paid players in 2021 will play in Southern California.
The Dodgers now have three of the five highest-paid baseball players on the roster. Trevor Bauer, David Price, and Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers will likely have the best rotation in baseball during the 2021 season, but an injury could change that.
Clayton Kershaw, Trevor Bauer, David Price, Walker Buehler, and Dustin May will round out the Dodgers rotation. Julio Urias and Tony Gonsolin will be available to spot start as well.
With the Dodgers signing of Bauer, they are now the favorites to repeat as National League and World Series Champions in 2021.
The San Diego Padres improved their pitching this off-season with the additions of Yu Darvish and Blake Snell. But the Dodgers sent a message to everyone today that they are still the team to beat. And all roads to the World Series will go through LA.
Bauer began his big-league career with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012 and joined the Cleveland Indians in December of 2013. He was then traded to Cincinnati at the trade deadline in 2019.
Trevor Bauer has a career 75-64 record with a 3.90 ERA. He has 1,279 strikeouts and has been to one all-star game in 2018.