The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly come to terms of a three-year agreement with starting pitcher Trevor Bauer. The contract is worth $102 million, where it is severely frontloaded. He is slated to earn $40 million in year one, $45 million in year two, and then $17 million in the third and final season.
Also important to know, Bauer has opt-outs in the contract after each of his three seasons, meaning he could likely stick with his “I only sign one-year deals.” motto even though he is signing a three-year deal.
Trevor Bauer’s three-year deal with the Dodgers is for $102 million guaranteed — and for $40 million in 2021 and $45 million in 2022. He can opt out after each year, meaning he’ll make $40M if he opts out this year, $85M if he does so after 2022 and $102M if he stays all three.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 5, 2021
The 2020 season saw Bauer win his first Cy Young award as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched in 11 starts where he posted a 5-4 record, he had a 1.73 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP with 73 innings pitched where he struck out 100 opposing hitters. Bauer was traded to Cleveland during the 2019 season in the Yasiel Puig trade that sent Puig to Cleveland.
Bauer is taking home an average annual value of $34 million, which is not higher than last offseason’s record-breaking contract with Gerrit Cole signing with the New York Yankees. Cole signed his 9-year, $324 million contract last offseason, which carries an average annual value of $36 million.