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Dodgers Rumors: Trevor Bauer is Reportedly Signing With LA

Bauer will be bringing his talents to Los Angeles.



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 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.

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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.

UPDATE

Jeff Passan reported that the deal with the Dodgers is a 3-year, $102 million deal with opt outs after each year.

More.

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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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Didn’t expect this. I figure the next move will be unloading David Price and some pocket money for some lower level non-prospects.

  2. This is clearly a 1 or 2-year deal. The 3rd year only pays $17 million–a lot, but not much for an ace. If he busts, LA would be responsible for paying him. After 1 or 2 years, they can watch him walk and still be in excellent shape. Price’s contract will be off the books and they still have Urias, May, and Gonsolin. Essentially, this is only to get them through 2021. After that, LA will need to come up with a lot of money to pay Bellinger, Seager, and Kershaw. I should also note that LA could trade Price to the Mets, who can now afford his contract. I am unhappy about signing Bauer. He has shown streaks of excellence, but he may turn into a pitching equivalent to Yasiel Puig.

    • I agree. But at this point, I think all we need is to resign JT as a big returning RHB. Gonsolin will probably go to the bullpen, which kind of solves our exposure there. The closer spot will probably be by committee, but could narrow to a resolution by the postseasons. If we just sign JT, I’ll be happy.

  3. Okay, sign Turner next. Then shed as much salary as possible: Price, Pollock, Kelley, even Jansen.

    • Agree with trading any or all of Price, Kelley, Jansen. But not Pollack. Pollack had a great comeback year last year. I think he led the team in home runs. He fizzled a little at the end. But his RHB is valuable. Contracts for the other guys are tapping out anyway. None of them are reliable contributors, and could be traded for prospects. Jansen’s $20 this year would free up money to re-sign JT and more.

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