Dodgers: 3 All-Stars LAD can still sign this offseason
By Jerry Trotta
1. Trevor Bauer
Are the Dodgers and Trevor Bauer a match?
The Dodgers’ offensive firepower might nab all the headlines, but we would argue that their starting rotation has had a bigger impact during their extended streak of dominance. Barring something truly unforeseen, it can be expected to be just as impactful this upcoming season.
With spring training fast approaching, the Dodgers will have all six of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price (remember him?), Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May at their disposal for 2021. That might just be the deepest rotation in the league, but there’s still plenty of time to make it virtually unstoppable by adding free agent Trevor Bauer to the mix.
Per the latest buzz, the Dodgers and Mets seem poised to battle it out for Bauer’s signature, though the Angels could re-enter the sweepstakes after pitching coach Mickey Callaway, who he didn’t get along with in Cleveland, was accused of sexual misconduct by five women in a scathing report dropped by The Athletic.
Assuming Callaway is fired within the next 24 hours (please let that be the case), the Angels could once again become players for Bauer, and that should light a fire under the Dodgers to step up their pursuit of the 30-year-old star, who’s been holding out for the best deal possible.
While LA doesn’t necessarily have a glaring need for starting pitching this season, signing Bauer would be viewed as a long-term solution as both Kershaw and Price will be free agents within the next two seasons. The reigning NL Cy Young would obviously bolster the team’s chances to repeat as champions this season, but that would simply be the icing on the cake for this potential home run addition.