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In addition to the previously noted reasons to trade for Bauer, the one that makes it possible is that the Indians and Dodgers are perfect trade partners. The Indians would love to clear more salary in Yan Gomes and the Dodgers are in need of another catcher if they were to expand a deal. The other part is that the Indians need an outfielder and the Dodgers have plenty.
Trevor Bauer is also a local boy as he grew up in North Hollywood and pitched at UCLA so he would be right at home with the Dodgers.
Joc Pederson or Alex Verdugo would both be appealing to the Indians especially Verdugo who has many years of control left, is talented and comes cheap. Pederson is more expensive but would give the Indians a power bat in their outfield as Joc is a lock for 20+ homers when he gets enough playing time. Puig could even be in the conversation if the Dodgers are open to moving him with one year of control remaining.
Out of the starters that the Indians are shopping, Bauer is the one they likely want to move the most as his salary will trend upward in the next two seasons. In addition to that, Bauer’s salaries are unknown since anything could happen in arbitration where someone like Corey Kluber is locked into his annual salary for the next three seasons.
The Dodgers need to make some changes, after sticking with most of the same starting staff for two seasons, it’s clear the Dodgers need more firepower to finally win the World Series. Adding Trevor Bauer would give the Dodgers a dynamite top three in Kershaw, Buehler, and Bauer. It could be a move that finally helps the Dodgers end their long World Series drought.