The Trevor Bauer sweepstakes will be coming to an end in the next few weeks if all goes well. And if everything goes according to plan for Trevor Bauer, he will be getting a record-setting deal. As of right now, the Dodgers are still in the conversation as we close in on Spring Training.
The biggest question surrounding Bauer is what sort of deal he is willing to take. Some argue that he would prefer an actual contender over any mega-deal, while others believe he is hoping to break the annual average record for a contract. The Dodgers could make 1 of those things happen with ease, and have shown in the past that they are willing to do so.
The Athletic contends that the Mets, Angels, and Blue Jays are all more likely to land Trevor in free agency. That was the consensus among 23 agents they polled when asked where he would end up. But one agent that they talked to also thinks that Bauer and his agent Rachel Luba are holding out hope that the Dodgers want to sign him.
In addition to that, one MLB agent said they believe Bauer and Luba are looking for a deal worth north of $250 million. If he is looking to break the annual average mark set by Gerrit Cole, that would amount to roughly 6-7 years, depending on the exact dollar amount. That length and amount is not necessarily typical of the Dodgers to spend on an arm.
If Bauer were going to get a massive deal at any point in his career, it would be in 2021. The right-handed pitcher hasn’t exactly been the model of consistency throughout his career, so capitalizing on a Cy Young win is essential. Regardless, the general sense of MLB agents around the league seems to be that the Dodgers are on the fringe of teams likely to acquire Bauer.
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