Trevor Bauer’s long and arduous free agency appears to have finally reached its end. After months of wondering where the reigning NL Cy Young winner would end up, we now know that the starter will be joining the Dodgers.
MLB Network insider Jon Heyman was among reporters to break the news.
Bauer to Dodgers
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 5, 2021
Bauer is heading home to Los Angeles, which comes as a surprise after rumors on Thursday linked the pitcher to the New York Mets. That report was shot down saying that the Dodgers were still very much in the conversation, which now is confirmed.
Bauer joins Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, and David Price in a loaded LA rotation that also features quality young depth pieces in Julio Urias, Dustin May and more.
Trevor Bauer announced the news on his YouTube channel.
No details on his contract are available yet, but rumors had LA offering Bauer a shorter-term deal with a higher average annual value.
Jeff Passan reported that the deal with the Dodgers is a 3-year, $102 million deal with opt outs after each year.
Trevor Bauer's three-year deal with the Dodgers is for $102 million guaranteed — and for $40 million in 2021 and $45 million in 2022. He can opt out after each year, meaning he'll make $40M if he opts out this year, $85M if he does so after 2022 and $102M if he stays all three.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 5, 2021
Despite getting $40 million in 2021 and $45 million in 2022, Bauer's CBT figure for the Dodgers will be $34 million per year, which is the AAV for the three-year contract.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 5, 2021
Notably, the Dodgers have not confirmed this deal yet.
The LA 40-man roster is full, so expect a trade or two in the coming days before the deal is officially announced.
More to come on this breaking storyline.
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