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Surprise Team Is Early Frontrunner to Sign Trevor Bauer

Jason Schandl
This surprise team is an early leader as the most likely Trevor Bauer free agent landing spot.
This surprise team is an early leader as the most likely Trevor Bauer free agent landing spot. / Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

On the heels of a shortened 2020 season, one of the biggest stories in the MLB offseason is the free agency of ace pitcher Trevor Bauer.

He dazzled with a 1.73 ERA for the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, and he has the power to instantly transform any team's rotation.

One of the early frontrunners for his services is the San Diego Padres — thanks in part to an old friendship.

Mike Clevinger is a star in his own right, boasting a career 3.19 ERA across his first five seasons in the majors. Three of those seasons saw him pitching as a teammate of Bauer with the Cleveland Indians, and the two apparently formed a strong friendship during that time. That makes a reunion in San Diego very interesting following Clevinger's trade there this season.

The Padres have not been shy about doing everything they can to build a contender, and it's clearly working. The 2020 season saw them make their first playoff appearance since 2006, and their .617 regular-season win percentage was the highest in franchise history — one spot ahead of the .605 percentage from 1998, when they last made the World Series.

Rumored to be ready to make a huge splash in free agency, MLB betting odds on FanDuel Sportsbook give the Padres the fourth-best odds (+1300) in the MLB to win the 2021 World Series.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.