The Trevor Bauer to Los Angeles rumors seem to grow a little more with each passing hour. The Dodgers were connected to Bauer from the start of his free agency, but talk around the two sides seems to have picked up quite a bit in recent days.
Those rumors aren’t going away any time soon it would seem, as the latest sports betting odds confirm it. Bovada listed the Dodgers as the favorite to land Trevor Bauer in free agency with the Anaheim Angels just behind them. Los Angeles is at +150 while the Angels are at +200 to sign the right-handed pitcher.
A lot of things would need to go right in order to make that signing possible, but the Dodgers adding Bauer in would improve the rotation. Any time a team gets the chance to sign the reigning Cy Young award winner, it will always improve your chances at (another) title.
While it is entirely possible, a Bauer signing is not without its obstacles. The Dodgers would likely want him at a much shorter deal with a high annual average, which they can easily do. But if another team is willing to go longer on a contract and guarantee years, it would be in Bauer’s best interest to go that route.
The Dodgers also have a whole lot of depth in their starting rotation. Adding Bauer into the mix would likely take away a spot from a young arm if they plan on keeping everyone. That would leave Dustin May, Julio Urias, and Tony Gonsolin all fighting for 1 spot in the rotation.
Alternatively, the Dodgers could look to trade someone. They could try to move David Price’s contract, or they could trade from their young depth. Los Angeles could also just move young arms to the bullpen and make their relief team even better. The good news? There are a lot of options.
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