The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Trevor Bauer to a three-year, $102 million contract this week, making him the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball in 2021 and 2022.
While he was considered the best available free-agent pitcher this winter, the Dodgers’ signing of Bauer was not met with universal applause due to his toxic social media usage, which has included
During his introductory press conference on Thursday, Bauer discussed his desire to be better in all aspects of life, not just on the baseball field and on social media.
“All the conversations I’ve had with people across all walks of life over the last couple of years and all the things I’ve learned — I can say that I have learned from those,” Bauer said, according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. “I’ve spent a lot of time talking to other people to try to understand other perspectives, and I’m doing my best to be better, as I do in all walks of my life. I don’t think that it makes any sense to dive into specific issues in this forum, but I am committed to being better on social media, being better on the field, being better in the clubhouse, being better in life in general.”
Bauer grew up in North Hollywood, Calif., and played his college baseball at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
With Bauer on board, the Dodgers’ odds to win back-to-back titles will likely increase. According to BetOnline.ag, the Dodgers currently have +350 odds to win the World Series in 2021.
He joins a flame-throwing rotation that includes Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias and David Price.