The rich got richer today as the Los Angeles Dodgers signed the biggest free agent of the winter, bringing home defending Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer.
Born in Santa Clarita, California, Bauer grew up in North Hollywood and attended UCLA before turning professional. He reportedly rejected a larger New York Mets offer to join the defending World Series champion Dodgers.
Bauer has agreed to a three-year, $ 102 million contact that includes churns after 2021, in which he will earn $ 40 million, and 2022, when he can earn a salary of $ 45 million. The average annual value of those two years exceeds previous record holder Gerrit Cole, allegedly a rival of Bauer.
“This season it’s about adding to our legacy,” Bauer said, in a YouTube video he tweeted to his followers. “And I can’t wait, Dodger fans.”
The Dodgers have a pitcher who went 5-4 last year with a 1.73 era in a shortened season, winning the Cy Young award as the National League’s top pitcher.
Bauer, 30, has played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds in his career. He has been an outspoken personality on social media and reportedly sought out a large market to help him build his personal brand.