Andrew Friedman recently spoke about gearing up for another World Series run in 2021. Of course, to do that the Dodgers will have to restock their roster with the talent to compete once again. Re-signing Turner or finding a replacement along with bullpen help are just a couple of items on the shopping list. After some bumps along the way last season, starting pitching could possibly use little help as well. Enter the Trevor Bauer rumors.
For the past year, rumors have swirled around the league that Trevor Bauer is seeking to return to Southern California. His vocal takes on the Astros and Commissioner Rob Manfred have made him a favorite among Dodger fans. He’s added to it by teasing the idea of signing with the Dodgers and recently winning the 2020 Cy Young Award has LA fans drooling at the opportunity to have Bauer in the rotation.
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However, Bauer continuing his dominant 2020 season is no guarantee. While he may have turned a new leaf, Bauer hasn’t always been reliable. The former Bruin has yet to put together back-to-back productive seasons. In fact, the 2018 and 2020 seasons are the only two in which he has posted a sub-4 ERA. With rumors going around that it would take a deal ranging between $30-$45 million depending on the length to sign Bauer, the Dodgers should balk at the thought of adding him to the rotation. Even though he is a big-time strikeout pitcher, his inability to be consistent overshadows that.
Bauer would bring a spark to a Dodgers team that has been so relaxed in the past, but sometimes that spark can be too much. Often, the right-hander has been the center of problems in the clubhouse and on the field. The Dodgers who have prided themselves on creating a strong clubhouse culture would put that all at risk with the addition of Bauer.
Assuming the trade holds up, this was the final moment of Trevor Bauer's time with the Indians: pic.twitter.com/jiEz44yEku
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Don’t get me wrong, adding Bauer could be beneficial to the Dodgers, but not at the projected cost it may take to do so. Especially with so much talent in Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, and Julio Urías ready to step in the rotation. We can’t forget the return to David Price and the possible arrival of top pitching prospects either. If the stars align in the Dodgers’ favor, then go for it, but if not then the Dodgers don’t need to make an unnecessary move.