The Dodgers find themselves in an interesting position heading into the 2021 season. Having just won their first World Series in 32 years, it seems likely that they will not go nuts spending money on free agents. Aside from working to get some of their key guys back, they might end up not making any major moves heading into next year.
Despite that, they’re still the Dodgers, and they will still be included in every major rumor. That would include the Trevor Bauer sweepstakes, with Los Angeles listed by MLB as the third most-likely team to land the likely Cy Young Award winner.
?? @Dodgers are short on starting pitching right now? You don’t say.
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) October 13, 2020
The Dodgers would certainly be near the top of the list of teams that can offer Bauer a high annual average. That of course depends on what sort of contract Bauer is looking for, given his history of requesting one-year deals.
The only real question is do the Dodgers even need him? With David Price anticipated to return to the starting rotation in 2021, adding Bauer would push one of the young arms back to the bullpen. Los Angeles’ desire to get their young arms into prominent starting roles would certainly make a Bauer signing odd.
Still, adding in a guy with Bauer’s potential would make any team in baseball better. He pitched to a 1.73 ERA in 2020 and struck out 100 batters compared to 17 walks. If the Dodgers want him, they’re likely going to have to compete with other teams that have deep pockets. Think New York and Boston in terms of competition.
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