AdministratorFebruary 5, 2021 at 12:29 pm
Trevor Bauer announced that he will be signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers via a video. In order to make room for Trevor Bauer the Dodgers designated relief pitcher Josh Sborz for assignment. Trevor Bauer is from Los Angeles, went to UCLA and now he returns home. Bauer and the Dodgers agreed to a 3 year deal with opt-outs after year 1 and year 2. It will be worth 102 million over those 3 years. He’ll make 40 million in year 1 then 45 million in year 2. Trevor Bauer is coming off a Cy Young award-winning season where he had an ERA of 1.73 in 73 innings while also striking out 100 in those innings. His strikeout rate shot up 9% while his walk rate dropped 3%. He was elite last year at eliminating damage, he also didn’t give up a lot of home runs. His stuff has only gotten better over the last 3 years and the Dodgers will be looking for Bauer to continue that trend. Bauer is heavy into analytics and the Dodgers are one of the most analytical teams in baseball, so this made sense on both parts. He’s a 4 seam, cutter, slider, and curveball pitcher. In 2020 his slider was his best pitch generating a batting average against was .074 and slugging with .132, he gets a lot of spin on his pitches causing batters to swing and miss and not make as hard contact. He only throws the slider 16% of the time but it’s been his best pitch over the last 4 years. The Dodgers could potentially get more out of him by increasing his slider usage and decreasing his 4 seam or cutter.
It’s a big contract but for a short amount of time. Bauer is a polarizing figure so his time here will be interesting however long it is. What are your guys’ thoughts on the move?
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