Contract update: Mark Feinsand is reporting the deal is three years and worth $102 million, with $40 million in 2021 and $45 million in year 2. He will have opt-outs after both seasons.
UPDATE: Bauer confirmed the signing with a video release, closing with him wearing a Dodgers uniform.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Trevor Bauer, taking the star pitcher off the free agency market. The details are not out yet, but Jon Heyman was the first to report the signing. Joel Sherman has since confirmed the news.
Heading into the offseason, Bauer was one of the top free-agents and the best pitcher on the market. Last season with the Cincinnati Reds, he only posted a record 5-4 but a career-best ERA of 1.79.
With Bauer deciding to take his talents to Los Angeles, is joining a rotation that features Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price, and Julio Urias. The Dodgers should once again be frontrunners to only win the NL West but also in line to repeat as World Series champions.
On Thursday night, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that Bauer signed with the Mets. But that report was refuted by Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, who tweeted earlier in the day that there were two teams in the running. The other team vying for Bauer’s services was the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported on Thursday that they Dodgers had the hometown advantage as he’s from North Hollywood.