- The Los Angeles Dodgers saw their odds improve to +375 with the news of Trevor Bauer’s signing.
- Bauer signed a three-year deal worth $102M deal with the Dodgers on Friday.
- The 30-year old is the 2020 NL Cy Young winner.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were already a +425 betting favorites to repeat as World Series champions when the futures odds were first released. On Friday, those odds shortened to +375 at online sportsbook BetOnline after pitcher Trevor Bauer announced on his YouTube page that he had signed with defending World Series winners.
MY NEW HOME!https://t.co/1gKAOSwY3w
— Trevor Bauer (トレバー・バウアー) (@BauerOutage) February 5, 2021
Though he also made references to the New York Mets who were considered as the other finalist to land him, Bauer appeared to tease his move to Los Angeles early on Friday when he offered a giveaway for a signed Dodgers hat on his website. The move was confirmed later in the day and the oddsmakers were quick to move their lines.
Next to the Dodgers in the latest odds board are the New York Yankees +625, San Diego Padres +800, New York Mets +900, Atlanta Braves +1000, and Chicago White Sox +1000. The numbers slightly vary depending on which of the best MLB sportsbooks you use but one this is clear: The Dodgers have solidified their position as the betting favorite to win the 2021 World Series.
2020 National League Cy Young Winner
— MLB (@MLB) November 11, 2020
The 30-year old right hander is the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner. The California native became the first reigning Cy Young winner to hit the free agent market since Greg Maddux in 1992.
A first-time free agent, Bauer played for the Cincinnati Reds last season on a $17M deal that earned him a prorated $6.4M during the pandemic-hit season. He was one of the most dominant pitchers in 2020 with an ERA of 1.73, WHIP of 0.79, 100 strikeouts, 17 walks, and a 5-4 record. Opponents had a batting average of .159 against him, the best in the majors. Bauer also led the MLB in ERA+ and hits allowed per inning at 5.055 last season.
His new deal with the Dodgers is worth $102M for three years and will make him the highest paid player in the league in 2021 and 2022 at $40M and $45M, respectively. His 2021 salary is higher than the projected 26-man payroll of the Pittsburgh Pirates ($30M), Baltimore Orioles ($34.2), and Cleveland Indians ($36.5M).
Best Rotation in the League
If and when Bauer officially becomes a #Dodgers does that give them the best rotation in division/league:
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) February 5, 2021
Once Bauer’s deal becomes official, the Dodgers will have the best rotation in the majors with three Cy Young winners in Clayton Kershaw, David Price, and Bauer. Last season, the Dodgers ranked first in the league in WHIP, and second in ERA, opponents batting average, and opponents OPS.
Bauer has an arsenal of many pitches but he’s found great success with his cut fastball and threw two NL shutouts last season. He likes to set up batters to knock them out of the outer half of the plate. Bauer led the NL with 63 strikeouts while limiting opposing hitters to a .145 batting average at that location last season.
In nine MLB seasons, Bauer has posted a 76-64 win-loss record with 1,279 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.90. Named to the All-Star team in 2018, Bauer was traded to the Cincinnati Reds from the Cleveland Indians during the July 2019 trade deadline. After the trade, he started 10 games for the Reds, putting up a record of 2-5 with an ERA of 6.39 before turning in his Cy Young year in 2020.