Los Angeles Dodgers: Trevor Bauer Needs to Be a Priority This Offseason
The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series champions but in order to repeat they will need to look at Trevor Bauer during the free agency period.
Bauer can be a nice partner in crime for staff ace Clayton Kershaw next season, especially since Kershaw has a lot of mileage.
Yes, Bauer is a unique player who is not afraid to voice his opinion on a variety of topics.
We all remember when he was in Cleveland last year and how he chuck a baseball over the centerfield wall from the pitcher’s mound.
But, with all of that being said I think inking Trevor Bauer to a long-term deal is the right move.
Let’s check out a few reasons why that’s the case.
Stacked with Studs
NL MVP finalist Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, and Max Muncy are some of the many hitters in this LA lineup who can demolish the baseball. This lineup alone is a good reason for Trevor Bauer to come to LA.
The Dodgers have a real good chance to repeat as champions next season and adding more firepower to the pitching staff only helps the cause.
LA already has Kershaw and Walker Buehler in its starting rotation. And let’s not forget David Price is most likely coming back next year.
The National League belongs to the Dodgers until further notice due to the stacked roster they have.
Who wouldn’t want to play baseball in a Dodgers’ uniform?
The scary part for the NL is the Dodgers could flip a couple of hitters in order to bring in more prospects or pitching help.
Successor of the Staff
Bauer is 29 years old and Kershaw is 32.
I understand Kershaw has some good years left, but it’s a good idea to find a pitcher who can lead the rotation into the future as Kershaw’s Dodger tenure winds down.
Julio Urias and Dustin May are young arms who could benefit from having Bauer in the clubhouse as well.
Trevor Bauer and Clayton Kershaw can not only help the young guys, but they can throw meaningful innings.
Plus, Bauer can generate more positive attention for himself if he joins the defending champs, which will get plenty of airtime.
More Money, No Problem
Yes, the Dodgers have the highest payroll in the MLB. But, there are a few things they could do.
1.) LA could sign Trevor Bauer to a short-term deal and then have his contract come off the books in just a couple of years. Bauer did sign six one-year deals since 2015 with most being arbitration-based.
2.) The Dodgers could give him a big contract and spread the money out, creating more flexibility.
3.) Figure out a way to shed payroll, while trying to ink Bauer to a contract. LA could decide to let Justin Turner and Joc Pederson depart as free agents. The Dodgers could also explore a trade partner for the services of closer Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, or A.J. Pollock.
Jansen, Kelly, and Pollock could be free agents in 2022. Jansen is going to make $20 million next season and Kelly has a club option for $12 million in 2022. Meanwhile, Pollock is supposed to receive $15 million next season and he has player options for 2022 and 2023. The options could cost the Dodgers a total of $15 million combined during those two years.
At the end of the day, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the money, prospects, and major league talent to help them compete for years to come.
Yes, winning it all this season was nice, but they have the potential to win more championships. Especially, if they sign Trevor Bauer this offseason.
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