LOS ANGELES, California — Last Friday, the 2020 National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer announced to the baseball world his intentions to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Thursday, he and the Dodgers made the deal official, announcing the newest Dodger virtually at a press conference at Dodger Stadium.
Coming off a career year, Bauer was the biggest prize among the MLB free agents this offseason. In the shortened 60-game season, he led the NL in earned run average (1.73), finished 2nd in strikeouts (100), and 8th in wins (5). The statistically dominant season led him to his first Cy Young award, finishing with 96% of the votes.
Born in Hollywood, California, Bauer talked about the surreal moment of being announced as the newest member of his childhood team.
“I used to sit in the bleachers right over there as a kid with Vin Scully on the radio in my headphones and my dad watching (batting practice) at Dodger Games. I have been a long time Dodger fan and couldn’t be more excited to be here with the group that we have,” said Bauer.
Bauer’s addition strengthens what was already a loaded pitching rotation. The starting rotation of Bauer, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, and Walker Buehler will make for a feared matchup no matter who takes the mound for LA. Between the four, they combined for 15 all-star game appearances, 8 league pitching titles, and 5 Cy Young Awards.