Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer has signed with the Dodgers, as MLB Network’s Jon Heyman first reported Friday afternoon and the polarizing right-hander quickly confirmed with a video on his Momentum YouTube channel. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a three-year, backloaded deal worth $102 million, and it includes the ability for him to opt out after each season.
Bauer to Dodgers— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 5, 2021
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
While Bauer has been rather average over his nine-year career — he has a career 3.90 ERA, and only two seasons with an ERA under 4.00 — he was dominant over 11 starts with the Reds during the 60-game 2020 season. Over 11 starts, he had a 1.73 ERA with a 0.80 WHIP (both of which led the National League) as well as 100 strikeouts and 17 walks over 73 innings. He threw two complete-game shutouts and was stellar in his lone postseason start, striking out 12 while issuing no walks over 7.2 scoreless innings.
The Dodgers’ rotation seems like a relatively comfortable landing spot for the 30-year-old North Hollywood native, as he’ll be able to settle into the middle of a starting five that also projects to include Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Julio Urías, and David Price, with Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin also candidates to make starts.