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Trevor Bauer signs three-year, $102 million deal with Dodgers

The reigning NL Cy Young winner signs with his hometown team.

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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.

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.