The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series championships, but they are not resting on their praise. In fact, on the contrary – they are spending big money in hopes of repeating this. The latest move: signing a massive contract to last year’s National League Cy Young winner.
The Dodgers signed a three-year, $ 102 million deal with Trevor Bauer. He would earn $ 40 million in 2021, making him the highest-grossing player in the major leagues this upcoming season. The deal, which includes an opt-out after the first two seasons, will pay Bauer $ 45 million in 2022.
In an unusual move, Bauer announced the deal On your YouTube channel. Then again, Bauer has always been a bit of an oddball, so it’s not completely out of character.
Bauer has spent most of his career with the Cleveland Indians. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2019 and finished with a 5-4 record and 1.73 ERA last season. Despite only 73 innings during the pandemic, Bauer still recorded 100 strikes against just 17 moves.
The addition of a strong pitcher like Bauer should improve the Dodgers, bringing back several key pieces, including World Series MVP Courier Caesar. However, the team will pay an exorbitant amount to roster him. The deal sends dodgers in excess of the remaining tax limits remaining competitive, meaning they will make more than $ 210 million on every dollar they spend on salaries.
The Dodgers currently have $ 240 million in salary on the books. The team will pay 20% tax on the first $ 20 million, and 32 percent tax on the next $ 20 million.
This means that right now, the Dodgers owe $ 7.2 million in taxes. This is already a solid part of the change, but think from a player’s perspective. The average MLB salary is $ 1.5 million; In short, the Dodgers are only paying the equivalent of about five additional players to sign Bauer.
Of course, winning another World Series would help offset those costs, especially if more fans are in attendance this season. The Dodgers are hoping that their big bet will be closed.