It’s not every day that a team gets the chance to add a Cy Young winner to their rotation the year after winning a World Series. But that is exactly where the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves just a few months after taking home a title.
Bauer has been linked to the Dodgers, among virtually every other team looking to compete in 2020. The biggest difference for Los Angeles is that they don’t NEED Bauer in their rotation. Adding him in at this point would just be a luxury.
Jorge Castillo of The LA Times recently wrote about the possibility of Bauer coming to LA and what would need to happen to get him here. For Castillo, the Dodgers would likely only go after Bauer if he were willing to take a short-term deal.
The approach would be similar to when they pursued Bryce Harper two winters ago. Harper wanted to commit to a franchise for the rest of his career. The Dodgers instead offered him a four-year deal worth at least $40 million per season. He chose to sign a 13-year, $330-million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.-Jorge Castillo
As it stands, the Dodgers are slated to have anywhere from 6 to 8 guys competing for the starting rotation in 2021. Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Dustin May are really the only locks heading into the new year. David Price still has not made it clear if he will play, and everyone else will be fighting for a spot.
Bauer has insisted in years past that he will not take anything more than a 1-year deal, but that was also during arbitration years. If the Dodgers could put together a 2-3 year offer for him, it would probably have to be a pretty ridiculous value to get him on board.
Outlook for the Dodgers
Do the Dodgers need him to pitch for them in 2021? Absolutely not. Personally, I don’t think he’s worth the money that he will command. But if they want him, it seems like it’s entirely possible for the Dodgers to sign the former UCLA product.
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