The Dodgers went out this offseason and made their World Series-winning team even better. They added into a ton of depth and signed a few cheap arms that could potentially blossom back into All-Star talent.
But they also went above and beyond by signing Trevor Bauer. The Dodgers jumped in seemingly last minute and signed him to a massive 3-year deal that will likely only keep him in Los Angeles through the 2022 season.
But not everyone in baseball is excited to have Trevor Bauer with the Dodgers. The Athletic’s Ron Shandler recently penned an article about guys he is not high on heading into 2021. For him, Trevor Bauer is one of the guys he thinks will be a bust.
Let’s start at the top. The only good thing about Trevor Bauer signing with the Dodgers is that he won’t have to face their hitters. Honestly, that’s the only positive thing I can say about him. In his seven-year career, he’s had one great season and another partial great season artificially inflated by inferior competition. I have this vision that Bauer is going to finish with an ERA over 4.00 because that is the far more prevalent result each year he takes the mound.
On one hand, the argument that Bauer hasn’t really had a great year aside from 2020 does carry some truth. But still, how can you completely write off a guy that just won the National League Cy Young a few months ago? And on top of that, he’s never been with an organization like the Dodgers, with more resources available than arguably any other team.
If you just want to say that you don’t like Trevor Bauer, then do that. But saying that he is going to be a bust with an ERA north of 4 seems like a drastic reach. The Dodgers know exactly what they’re getting into when they offer a guy 9 figures.