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Dodgers: Trevor Bauer Turned Down More Money Offered by the Mets

Bauer chose LA rather than making more money playing for the Mets.



Love him or hate him, Trevor Bauer is now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Much to the surprise of MLB fans all over the country, Bauer chose LA as his final landing spot on a massive 3-year deal that could pay out over $100 million. 

Not surprisingly, the Mets were just as competitive in trying to sign Bauer to a free-agent deal. The Dodgers ultimately walked away with a contract, but Bauer had more money to choose from with New York. Joel Sherman reports that the Mets offered the reigning NL Cy Young 3 years and $105 million in their deal. 

The report suggests that the Mets would have paid Bauer $40 million in 2021, $35 million in 2022, and $30 million in 2023 with opt-outs. Instead, he went with the Dodgers offer that will pay $85 million in the first 2 years of the deal. 

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Given that report, there are obviously a lot more factors that went into the decision than just money. The Dodgers may have been able to offer Bauer something that the Mets could not. One of those things was almost certainly the opportunity to defend a World Series title. 

Aside from that, there is likely much more that went into this deal than has been made public. The Dodgers are obviously a desirable landing spot for any player but leaving $3 million on the table isn’t common. Then again, if Bauer plans on opting out after the second year, then he got the better deal in Los Angeles. 

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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. Why is it that the LA Dodgers have not landed Justin Turner??? They go Trevor Baur for 105 million for 3 years and they have not got Justin Turner for 4 years?? what is wrong with LA Dodgers?? Turner is a leader and and a great third baseman Keep him and give him the money and the years he wants. LA lost Joc Peterson do not loose Turner!!!

    • Bauer is coming off his best year at age 30. Turner at 32, signed a 4 year, $64 million contract. He has had arthritic knees the whole time with LA. His hitting is down, his defense is down. He does not have Tom Brady’s body and is not likely to be playing into his forties. With that said we have no idea what the hold up in negotiations are. We read that other teams may have an interest in him but we don’t know the details. He is a pillar on this Dodger team but you don’t sign a player bases on his clubhouse demeanor or Kike would still be here. Let’s assume, or at least hope, both sides want to get this deal done. If not, we’ll have a third tear jerking farewell to try to get through.

  2. Trevor Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, deserves a lot of credit. She mentioned in a complex.com article that (“At the end of the day, I will always do what my client wants,” says Luba.) If Bauer’s agent was Scott Boras, Boras would have persuaded Bauer to take the longest deal with the most money. Trevor Bauer had publicly stated his desire to play for the Dodgers several times over the past couple of years, Rachel Luba lived up to her words by getting the deal in the best interest of her client. She is the new sports uber agent.

  3. All I can say is the Best Hitting and Pitching in Baseball. The talent and leadership is there. Dodgers fully understand all the moving parts of this organization.Turner is 36 years old great team guy and community leader with his wife Courtney.Turner needs to take a 3 year deal and call it a career with the Dodgers and be the fan favorite. Turner also needs to think if he wants to stay on a Hitting coach or bench coach the opportunity is there for years to come. Maybe that’s worth something to think about.

  4. Good move as we can never have enough of starting pitching, agree we need to sign JT, give the man 3 years. You can’t teach values and leadership

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