LOS ANGELES –The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with 2020 Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer on a three-year contract. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated right-handed pitcher Josh Sborz for assignment.
Bauer, 30, won his first Cy Young award in 2020, receiving 27 of 30 first place votes by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America after going 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA (14 ER/73.0 IP) and 100 strikeouts in 11 starts for the Cincinnati Reds. The Southern California native finished 10th in the National League MVP voting after leading the NL in ERA, complete games (2), shutouts (2), ERA+ (276), WHIP (0.795) and hits per nine innings (5.1).
The William S. Hart High School standout has been in the Major Leagues nine seasons with Arizona (2012), Cleveland (2013-2019) and Cincinnati (2019-20), posting a combined 75-64 record with a 3.90 ERA (516 ER/190.0 IP) and 1,279 strikeouts. He was an All-Star in 2018, going 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA (43 ER/175.1 IP) and 221 strikeouts in 28 games (27 starts) for Cleveland. He finished sixth in the BBWAA's Cy Young Award voting that season and ranked among the American League leaders in ERA (2nd, 2.21), opponents' SLG (.302, 2nd), strikeouts per 9 innings (11.3, 3rd), opponents' BA (.208, 4th), quality starts (20, T4th), opponents' OBP (.280, 5th), 10-strikeout games (10, 5th) and strikeouts (T6th).
The Valencia, CA native was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the third overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of California, Los Angeles after going 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA and winning the Golden Spikes Award and National Pitcher of the Year honors. He became the first Bruin ever to win the Cy Young, the first pitcher in the 140-year history of the Cincinnati Reds franchise to win a Cy Young, and joins teammate David Price as one of three players to have won the Cy Young and Golden Spikes Award (also, Tim Lincecum).
Sborz, 27, made four appearances for the Dodgers in 2020, going 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA (1 ER/4.1 IP) and two strikeouts. In two seasons with the Dodgers, he pitched 11 games, allowing nine runs in 13.1 innings of work. He was originally drafted in the second round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out the University of Virginia.