[Editor’s note: This story has been updated]
The Dodgers introduced Trevor Bauer at his press conference last week. At that press conference, the free agent acquisition was handed a jersey with the number 27 on the front and back, but it looks like that number may have been short lived.
Moreover, there is now reason to believe that Bauer will be making the switch to 47. On the Dodgers official team page, his number is listed as such. Bauer wore number 47 while he played in Cleveland from 2013 into 2019. He made the switch to 27 after he was traded to the Reds.
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) February 17, 2021
Bauer wore number 47 when he played at UCLA as well. The Dodgers have not made any official announcement on this change, and Bauer has not mentioned the change as well.
Pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona for spring training 2021 tomorrow. Assuredly we will all have a definitive answer then.
One final note, pitcher JT Chargois was the last to wear number 47 with the Dodgers (from 2018-2019).
The pitcher himself provided an update.
To clarify for all those asking, I will be wearing number 27 this year, not 47. Order away!
— Trevor Bauer (?????????) (@BauerOutage) February 17, 2021
The MLB site had reflected his number 27 up until Tuesday before the random change. Thankfully now any fans that might have already bought Bauer 27 jerseys won’t have to worry about having the wrong uniform.
And thus concludes the short and wild case of Trevor Bauer’s random number change.
Other Dodgers News
The Dodgers traded away RHP Josh Sborz on Tuesday in a deal with the Texas Rangers. A reliever that bounced around between levels with Los Angeles, Sborz was DFA’d by the team when they signed Bauer. In exchange, they will be receiving minor league pitcher Jhan Zambrano.
Additionally, Dodgers signed infielder Matt Davidson to a minor league deal as announced on Tuesday afternoon. Davidson was a slugger within the White Sox organization, and could potentially be a strong right-handed bat for the LA bench.
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