Trevor Bauer signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, bringing a reigning Cy Young Award winner to the reigning World Series winners for just the second time in baseball history.
Bauer, who won the 2020 National League Cy Young with the Reds, gets $40 million in 2021 and $45 million in 2022, both single-season salary records, with opt-out clauses after each of the first two seasons, followed by $17 million in 2023.
The right-hander had an NL-best 1.73 ERA in 11 starts with Cincinnati in 2020, with 100 strikeouts against only 17 walks in 73 innings, becoming the first Reds pitcher to win a Cy Young Award.
The 30-year-old Bauer joins a Dodgers deep rotation that also includes three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, plus former Cy Young Award winner David Price, and Julio Urías, in addition to Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin.
Bauer returns to Los Angeles, where he played college baseball at UCLA before getting drafted third overall by Arizona in 2011, and relatively nearby to Hart High School in Santa Clarita.