By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
He will be the highest-paid athlete in baseball in 2021. He’ll be paid $40 million.
Also, he’ll receive $45 million in his second season. If he’s with the team in the third year of his contract, he’ll make $17 million.
While it is a three-year deal, Bauer has an opt-out after Year 1. Also, he has an opt-out following Year 2.
With this move, he returns to his home state of California. He reportedly chose the Dodgers over the New York Mets.
He is from North Hollywood, California.
Bauer will join his fourth MLB. He began with the Arizona Diamondbacks and then the Cleveland Indians.
With the Dodgers, Bauer joins a stacked starting rotation. It’ll be interesting to see where manager Dave Roberts puts him into the rotation.
The belief would be either Clayton Kershaw or Walter Buehler would serve as the ace of the staff. Other starters in the rotation presently are Julio Urías, David Price, Dustin May, and Tony Gonsolin.
There are seven starters for a five-man rotation. That’s of course if Price returns, as he sat out the 2020 MLB season.
The Dodgers could make additional roster moves before the start of the season that may impact their starting rotation.
The 30-year-old has a 75-64 record since 2012.
He was 5-4 in 11 starts with the Reds in 2020. He also had two complete games and two shutouts.
Also, he allowed 17 runs (14 earned runs), including nine home runs, on 41 hits with a career-low 1.73 ERA in 73 innings. He struck out 100 batters and walked 17.
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