The Dodgers and Mets could be the final two teams in on Trevor Bauer. As we get closer to the start of Spring Training, it’s possible that his free agency is coming to an end sooner rather than later.
The latest report is that the Mets offered Bauer a contract that is for 3-4 years. That same report from Jon Heyman suggests that the annual average is for less than the $36 million per year record set by Gerrit Cole. The report also suggests that the Dodgers could have a similar interest in Bauer and that they would also not like to go long on a deal.
If the Dodgers were to make an offer to Bauer, it would likely be for a maximum of 4 years. Andrew Friedman and the front office have made it clear in the past that they would rather pay pitchers more money per year than take a risk on a long-term deal.
The only exception to that seems to be Kenley Jansen, to who they will be paying a whopping $20 million this year. In an ideal scenario, the Dodgers could be able to sign Bauer to a deal of 4 years with opt-outs included. It all depends on what sort of contract that Bauer would be willing to accept this late in free agency.
The good news is that the Dodgers likely will not be pressed into overpaying if they do want to sign Bauer. Judging by the number of teams that have been vocal about being out on him, it doesn’t seem as though Bauer’s free agency has developed the way he had hoped.
Regardless of what he is paid, the Dodgers view him as a luxury heading into 2021. Their current starting rotation is set to be chocked full of talent, with plenty of young arms waiting in the wings as reinforcements.
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