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Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer was rumored to be headed to the New York Mets before ultimately signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $102 million over three years. That move might pay off handsomely for Bauer as he pursues the goal of winning a World Series, and it gives him a great shot to win his second straight Cy Young Award.
Bauer is the +600 second choice (wager $100 to win $600) on the Cy Young Awards odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com as he looks to take home the NL Cy Young again behind what could have been his teammate in Jacob deGrom of the Mets.
The 30-year-old North Hollywood native is back home in Los Angeles following previous stops with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, where he spent the previous two seasons. Bauer won his first Cy Young with the Reds a year ago after going 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA. He received 27 of 30 first-place votes to beat out two-time winner deGrom (2018 and 2019) and Yu Darvish, who was with the Chicago Cubs last season and is now with the San Diego Padres.
deGrom is the +400 favorite at online betting sites to win the NL Cy Young this season, and Darvish is the +1000 fifth choice.
In between Bauer and Darvish on the betting board are three-time winner Max Scherzer (+700) of the Washington Nationals and another Dodger in Walker Buehler (+900). Scherzer won the American League Cy Young in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers before joining the Nationals and winning it two more times (2016 and 2017).
The 26-year-old Buehler is still searching for his first Cy Young and will form a formidable rotation in 2021 with Bauer and three-time winner Clayton Kershaw (2011, 2013 and 2014), who is +1500 to earn it for the fourth time in his career.
Meanwhile, this year’s NL Most Valuable Player race may also come down to a pair of Los Angeles sluggers in outfielders Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger. Betts is a slight +700 favorite on the MVP Award odds in the NL over Juan Soto (+750) of the Nationals, Fernando Tatis Jr. (+800) of the Padres and Bellinger (+850). Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves is the reigning NL MVP winner and sits at +1200 on the betting lines to repeat this season.