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Bauer Signs Three-Year Pact with Dodgers

Feb 11, 2021
Trevor Bauer (photo: Scott Chandler)

LOS ANGELES – Former UCLA standout right-hander Trevor Bauer has officially signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the club announced on Thursday.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Dodgers, according to media reports. His reported salary of $40 million in 2021 and $45 million in 2022 would make him the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball in each of those seasons.

With the Dodgers, he will be reunited with fellow UCLA alumnus Dave Roberts, who has managed the club since 2016. Roberts led the Dodgers to the World Series Championship this past season, the team's first since 1988.

Bauer is coming off a historic 2020 campaign, which saw him become the first Cincinnati Red in the 140-year history of the club to win the Cy Young Award. He led the NL with a 1.73 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 5.06 hits per nine innings, two complete games, and two shutouts. Bauer posted a 5-4 record and struck out 100 batters over 73 innings in his first full season in Cincinnati.

He is the first Bruin ever to take home a Cy Young, and is just the third player ever to win the Cy Young as well as college baseball's Golden Spikes Award (David Price, Tim Lincecum).

The Valencia, Calif. native will enter his 10th MLB season in 2021. He's gone 75-64 with a 3.90 ERA and 1,279 strikeouts in 1,190 innings to this point in his career.

Bauer was a three-year star at UCLA from 2009-11, posting a 34-8 career record with a 2.36 ERA and 460 strikeouts in 373 1/3 innings. He became the first Bruin ever to earn the Golden Spikes Award after a dominant junior campaign that included a 13-2 record, 1.25 ERA, and a UCLA-record 203 strikeouts.

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