Trevor Bauer, the 2020 Nationwide League Cy Younger Award winner, has agreed to hitch the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the California native asserting his transfer in a YouTube video Friday.
Bauer and the Dodgers are in settlement on a three-year, $102 million deal that has opt-outs after Years 1 and a couple of, sources advised ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Bauer is ready to make $40 million in 2021 and $45 million in 2022, sources stated.
Bauer, who has a notable on-line presence, appeared to tease his vacation spot earlier Friday by providing a giveaway for a signed Dodgers hat on his web site — although he additionally had a number of transient references to the New York Mets, believed to be the opposite finalist, on the location as nicely.
Sources advised Passan that the Mets supplied a better general worth than the Dodgers, however Los Angeles’ provide will make him the highest-paid participant in every of the following two seasons.
“This season is about ensuring historical past remembers us as we want to be remembered,” Bauer stated within the video. “This season is about including to our legacy. And I can not wait, Dodger followers.”
In keeping with Spotrac’s MLB workforce payroll tracker, Bauer’s $40 million wage for the 2021 season is increased than the projected 26-man payroll of the Pittsburgh Pirates ($30 million), Baltimore Orioles ($34.2 million) and Cleveland Indians ($36.5 million).
Bauer, a 30-year-old right-hander, was the primary reigning Cy Younger Award winner to enter free company since Greg Maddux in 1992.
A primary-time free agent who performed final season for the Cincinnati Reds on a $17 million deal that was prorated to $6.4 million, Bauer was one of the crucial dominant pitchers in baseball in 2020, going 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA, a 0.79 WHIP, 100 strikeouts and 17 walks throughout the pandemic-shortened season. Opposing batters hit .159 in opposition to him, which led all main league pitchers. Along with WHIP and ERA, Bauer led the NL in ERA+, which adjusts for his hitter-friendly house ballpark, and hits allowed per 9 innings (5.055) in 2020.
He rejected a one-year, $18.9 million qualifying provide from the Reds, who will get a compensatory draft choose, roughly No. 60, with him signing with a brand new workforce. The Dodgers will forfeit their second-highest choose within the July novice draft and $500,000 of worldwide signing bonus allocation.
Bauer joins a Dodgers rotation that was top-of-the-line within the majors in 2020 and now has three former Cy Younger winners in Bauer, Clayton Kershaw and David Value. Final season, the Dodgers ranked first in WHIP and second in ERA, opponent’s batting common and opponent’s OPS.
The Dodgers’ odds improved barely following Bauer’s announcement. Already the World Collection favourite, the Dodgers at the moment are listed at +400 (up from +450) to win the title at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, whereas their NL pennant odds moved from +220 to +200 and their NL West odds went from -200 to -220.
Bauer’s arsenal consists of quite a lot of pitches, and he discovered nice success along with his lower fastball whereas throwing an NL-high two shutouts final season. In keeping with ESPN Stats & Data, Bauer arrange batters to knock them out on the outer half of the plate, main the NL with 63 strikeouts whereas holding hitters to a .145 batting common in that location.
Off the mound, Bauer has voiced opinions and criticism on the whole lot from commissioner Rob Manfred to MLB-MLBPA negotiations to insinuating that Houston Astros pitchers had been making use of substances to baseballs to extend spin fee. In 2018, Bauer was fined for throwing a baseball from the mound over the center-field fence earlier than being faraway from a sport. In 2016, he was scratched from Recreation 2 of the American League Championship Collection after he sliced the tip of his finger whereas doing upkeep on his drone.
Bauer has additionally obtained criticism from at the least two ladies, a university pupil and a New York-based reporter, for antagonizing and harassing them on social media, triggering his substantive following to do the identical. In an announcement defending these allegations, which was despatched to The Athletic in January, Bauer wrote: “I do not draw back from confrontation and am typically fast to defend myself, however I’m under no circumstances a bully and I take nice offense to my character being known as into query.”
The Reds acquired Bauer in a commerce with the Cleveland Indians on the deadline in July 2019. He made 10 begins after the deal that yr, going 2-5 with a 6.39 ERA for the Reds.
In 9 seasons since he broke into the majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012, Bauer is 75-64 with 1,279 strikeouts and a 3.90 ERA. His solely All-Star choice got here in 2018.
The Related Press contributed to this report.