With just a few weeks left until Spring Training games start, some of the league’s highest-profile free agents have yet to sign. And as is the case every year, the Dodgers have been connected to quite a few of them.
One of those names is Trevor Bauer, who is by far the best arm left on the market at the moment. Bauer is coming off of a year in which he won the NL Cy Young award and was expected to command a sizeable contract. But from the sound of it, that might not be the case, at least with the Dodgers.
David Vassegh was on High Heat with Chris Russo this week to address the Bauer rumors. When asked if Los Angeles could consider a short-term deal of 2 years worth upwards of $70 million, Vassegh felt it was possible. If the Dodgers are able to get Bauer on their squad at the right price, he says they wouldn’t hesitate.
I could see that too especially since it doesn’t seem like Trevor Bauer’s market has developed the way that he thought it would. My understanding is a handful of teams that have given him serious consideration this offseason…This one seems to be serious if the Dodgers get Bauer for their price.
It seemed that at the start of the offseason, every team in baseball would be in on adding Trevor Bauer. But the lack of rumors surrounding him despite the transparency he offers with fans does make it seem like the list of teams might be sparse. Most recently. the Dodgers were reported to be monitoring his market and searching for the right deal.
The Dodgers will not give Bauer a long contract, this much we know. Andrew Friedman and the front office has a history of offering stars unusually high annual averages in order to avoid the risk of signing a player long-term. That was reportedly how they approached both Bryce Harper and Gerrit Cole in the free agency.
But if the Dodgers could get Bauer at 2 years, it would be tough for them to not jump at that. The $70 million figure might sound high, but you know roughly what you’re going to get out of him for the next 2 seasons. Love him or hate him, he does make the rotation and the team, better.
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