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Trevor Bauer announces deal with Dodgers: ‘I can’t wait, Dodger fans’
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Trevor Bauer has a new home.  The reigning National League Cy Young winner has agreed to a deal with the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Bauer announced his decision via YouTube.  According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Bauer's deal with the Dodgers is for three years and $102 million.  USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the right-hander left more money on the table from the New York Mets to return home to California.  Bauer grew up in North Hollywood, Calif. and played his college baseball at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 21 starts with the Cincinnati Reds, Bauer went 7-9 with a 3.76 ERA, 1.036 WHIP and 168 strikeouts in 129.1 innings. He'll now join a rotation that includes Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias and David Price.  With Bauer on board, the Dodgers' odds to win back-to-back titles will likely increase. According to BetOnline.ag, the Dodgers currently have +375 odds to win the World Series in 2021. Since Bauer rejected Cincinnati's $18.9 million qualifying offer, the Reds will receive a compensatory pick in next year's draft. If his contract is worth $50 million or more, the pick will fall between Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A.
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Mets are favorites to land NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer?
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Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer may be close to reuniting with former Cleveland Indians teammates Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco.  MLB Network's Jon Morosi tweeted on Thursday evening that the New York Mets are viewed as favorites to sign the 30-year-old who remains the top starting pitcher available in free agency:  MLB insider Jon Heyman added information on the deal the Mets allegedly offered Bauer:  Heyman previously tweeted the Mets expect to learn of Bauer's answer before Friday night.  Meanwhile, Rachel Luba, Bauer's agent, hinted that only two clubs are now in the market for her client.  The Mets executed the biggest blockbuster trade of the offseason last month when they acquired Lindor, a four-time All-Star, and Carrasco from the Indians. Lindor can enter free agency after the 2021 season, but it's believed the Mets will approach the 27-year-old about signing an extension before he arrives for spring training workouts.  "I give a strong chance … let’s call it 8 out of 10," Anthony DiComo wrote for the league's official website about the Mets potentially signing Lindor to a long-term deal this month. "As much as Mets officials say they are pleased with their trade for Lindor regardless of the long-term ramifications, the deal would certainly look better if the Mets can lock him up to an extension. There’s a real motivation to get something done, and Lindor has indicated he’s interested, as well. So as long as the money is right, there appears to be a match." As of early Thursday evening, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reported that Bauer and the Mets have not come to terms on a finalized deal despite a conflicting report. 
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Top 10 remaining MLB free agents
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It took more than two months, but high-end free agents have finally come flying off the board in Major League Baseball over the past few weeks. J.T. Realmuto, George Springer, DJ LeMahieu, Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka, Liam Hendriks, Michael Brantley, Marcus Semien, Andrelton Simmons, Joc Pederson, Jose Quintana and Nelson Cruz – all among MLBTR’s top 20 free agents when the offseason began – have agreed to deals since 2021 opened.  The open market does still feature several notable names from MLBTR’s rankings, though, as you’ll see below. (Number indicates ranking at the start of the offseason.) 1.) Trevor Bauer, RHP (original prediction: four years, $128M)The reigning NL Cy Young winner remains without an employer as spring training approaches, though a resolution could come very soon. It may now be a two-horse race between the Mets and Dodgers to secure Bauer’s services. 4.) Marcell Ozuna, OF/DH (original prediction: four years, $72M)Ozuna is still in limbo partly because MLB hasn’t announced whether the universal DH will return in 2021. He spent most of his season there last year with Atlanta and was a premier hitter in terms of both bottom-line production and Statcast figures. The Dodgers, Brewers, Yankees, Red Sox and Twins have been connected to Ozuna in the rumor mill. The Twins have since agreed to re-sign DH Nelson Cruz, so Ozuna may have lost one suitor this week. 11.) Jake Odorizzi, RHP (original prediction: three years, $39M)While Odorizzi went through a difficult and injury-shortened year in 2020, the Twins are still interested in re-signing him. At least a few other teams are targeting the 30-year-old, so he figures to land on his feet with a nice deal in the coming weeks. 14.) Justin Turner, 3B (original prediction: two years, $24M)There appear to be four finalists for Turner, who has been a tremendous contributor for the Dodgers dating back to his 2014 breakout. A return to the Dodgers is on the table, though Turner’s age (36) is working against him when it comes to earning power. It’s possible neither Los Angeles nor any other team will give him more than a two-year deal. 21.) Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (original prediction: two years, $16M)With George Springer off the board, Bradley is undoubtedly the premier center field option left in free agency. The longtime member of the Red Sox, 30, has received interest from Boston, the Mets and the Giants over the past couple of weeks. He’s reportedly shooting for “a significant contract,” possibly for more than four years. 22.) James Paxton, LHP (original prediction: one year, $10M)Paxton held a showcase that up to 20 teams attended at the end of December, and it apparently went well. The Blue Jays, Mets, Cardinals and Phillies are among the clubs that have shown some interest in the 32-year-old Canadian. Paxton endured an injury-wrecked 2020 with the Yankees, so he’s not a free agent at the best time, but he’s only two seasons removed from putting up very good production and has historically held his own when healthy. 23.) Taijuan Walker, RHP (original prediction: two years, $16M)After a trade from the Mariners, Walker closed the year with the flourish as a member of the Blue Jays, though it’s unclear whether they’re interested in re-signing him. The 28-year-old combined for a 2.70 ERA in 53 1/3 innings between the two teams, but that came with a much less impressive 4.60 SIERA and below-average strikeout and swinging-strike rates. 27.) Trevor Rosenthal, RP (original prediction: two years, $14M)The former St. Louis closer was brilliant last season between the Royals and Padres, which came after a couple of trying years owing to injury and poor performance. Rosenthal is now the No. 1 reliever left on the board. San Diego and Toronto are a couple of the teams that have considered him so far. 32.) Yadier Molina, C (original prediction: one year, $10M)While Molina has gotten interest from other teams this offseason, a reunion with the Cardinals seems inevitable. The 38-year-old has been been part of the organization since it drafted him in 2000, and indications are that he and the Cards want to stick together. 46.) Rick Porcello, RHP (original prediction: one year, $5M)Porcello is nowhere near the AL Cy Young winner he was with the Red Sox in 2016, but he remains an innings eater who can at least fill out the back of a team’s rotation. However, the rumor mill centering on the 32-year-old has been quiet this winter.
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