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Dodgers Sign Trevor Bauer To 3 Years $102 Million

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  • Dodgers Sign Trevor Bauer To 3 Years $102 Million

    The Dodgers have agreed to a deal with top free agent starter Trevor Bauer. It’s a three-year deal with opt-outs after year one and year two. Bauer is guaranteed a total of $102MM on the deal, which includes a $40MM salary in 2021 and a $45MM salary in 2022. Both marks establish new records for the highest single-season salary, though the contract’s overall $34MM average annual value is still a bit shy of Gerrit Cole’s record $36MM.

    In 2018, Bauer broke out with a brilliant, Cy Young-caliber season. He may well have won the AL Cy Young with the Indians that year had a stress fracture in his right tibia not cut his season short by a month. Bauer started 27 games in 2018 and pitched to a pristine 2.21 ERA and 2.94 SIERA while striking out 30.8 percent of his opponents against just a 7.9 percent walk rate.

    Bauer’s 1.73 ERA paced the National League and was second in all of MLB to Shane Bieber. He won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award going 5-4, a 0.79 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts in the shortened season.