Trevor Bauer to return to the MLB for 2017 season

Trevor Bauer to return to the MLB for 2017 season

By Trevor BauerESPN CricInfo Trevor Bauer has agreed to a six-year contract with the Washington Nationals.

The contract, which will carry an average annual value of $8.2 million, was announced by Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and the team’s ownership group on Tuesday.

The deal is the most lucrative deal for Bauer this offseason.

The former Cubs starter had been a free agent for the last two seasons, but had no intention of returning to the majors.

He had a career year in 2016, leading the NL in innings pitched (3,731) and innings pitched per nine innings (8.8).

Bauer went 12-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 20 starts for the Nationals, but a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow ended his season.

The 36-year-old was the NL Cy Young Award winner in 2016 and finished second in Cy Young voting in 2017.

He missed the entire season because of the injury, but returned in the postseason, striking out 11 and walking one in five appearances.

The Nationals won their first NLDS series in more than a decade in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs in Game 4.

Bauer went 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four postseason starts.