Why the Dodgers signing Bauer highlights a bigger issue in MLB

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The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to build a super roster year after year. Even when they haven’t won the World Series, they have always done their best to bring in the best players in order to win. We have seen that with guys like Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, and others. 

But in their most recent offseason move, it is clear that the Dodgers are hands down the team to beat this October. They inked Trevor Bauer to an absolutely massive contract that changes the game in the National League. Right when the San Diego Padres looked like they were about to compete and force the hand of the Dodgers, they went out and signed the Cy Young winner. 

In the last two seasons, the Dodgers have either traded for or signed a guy that won an MVP or a Cy Young that season or within the last two seasons. And here’s the reason why they can get these guys: it is because they are dedicated to winning. 

What Does the Bauer Signing Mean For the Rest of the MLB?

There are too many teams in Major League Baseball that have not made winning a priority. Hell, we just saw it with the Rockies trading away a generational talent and leaving their roster with nothing just because. We even remotely saw it with the Red Sox last year in trading Mookie Betts to get under a luxury tax that really shouldn’t bother a team like the Red Sox all that much. 

The Dodgers on the other hand are a smart front office that combine their financial wits with their ultimate will to win and it shows every single year. Andrew Freidman is an absolute genius and it is clear that he will do whatever it takes to get the job done. 

Where doe Bauer Fit With Dodgers

Now they have Trevor Bauer and he is added to a rotation where he won’t even be the number one guy. Depending on who you ask, he may not even be the number two guy either. Bauer brings a nasty arsenal of pitches and is a guy who will give you a ton of innings with a boatload of strikeouts and a fiery personality that should fit in perfectly in Hollywood. Bauer had his pick of the litter when it came to who he wanted to play for but he chose Los Angeles because why wouldn’t you choose the Dodgers. 

Bauer’s Thoughts

“I wanted to be on a team that had a chance to win a World Series,” Bauer said. “I wanted to be on a team that viewed me being [part of a] partnership, was willing to work with me on things, I’m willing to work with them on things and we can come together and do something great. So everything that I was looking for in a home is here.”

Bauer signing with LA is a huge win for the Dodgers and a massive loss for the MLB teams that are going to have to compete with them. It is about time that the small-market teams that refuse to spend get their head out of their asses and wake up before another 30 years go by and they still have no championships. 

By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com

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