Trevor Bauer is headed home. The Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly signed the reigning NL Cy Young award winner on Friday, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports.
Bauer reportedly signed a three-year contract worth $102M, receiving $40M in his first year and $45M in his second year. He will become the highest-paid pitcher on AAV in MLB history.
Bauer, a Los Angeles-area native, and former UCLA stud pitcher, was reportedly offered more money to play for the New York Mets, but will instead return home to play for the defending World Series champions.
Bauer immediately improves an already formidable Dodgers pitching staff. He joins a Dodgers rotation that includes Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price, Julio Urias and Dustin May. The move certainly helps the Dodgers’ chances to make a second consecutive title run.
In 2020, Bauer won the NL Cy Young award with the Cincinnati Reds after going 5-4, with a 1.73 ERA, 100 strikeouts and only seven walks.
Shortly after news of the signing broke, Bauer took to Twitter to post a hype video confirming the decision.
Some things never change. The rich get richer and the Padres remain the Dodgers’ little brother. After acquiring pitchers Mike Clevinger, Blake Snell and Yu Darvish over the last few months, the Dodgers answered with a major splash of their own.
One thing’s for sure — the Los Angeles vs. San Diego rivalry will be one of the most entertaining for years to come. Your move, Padres.