While the rumor mills have Trevor Bauer landing in Los Angeles or New York, we are still wondering what the buzz about Trevor Bauer is all about.
Trevor Bauer is relevant right now. Trevor Bauer has a stranglehold on the free agent market and the headlines revolving around his pending agreement. Trevor Bauer is exactly what baseball wants in terms of keeping the sport in the news and engaging with younger fans. Except, is Trevor Bauer the baseball player worth all the drama?
Every year during the offseason there is some free agent hype circling the games greatest players. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado went through this a few years ago. Last year Gerrit Cole kicked off the theatrics before free agency even started, by donning a Boras Coorporaton hat immediately following the conclusion of the World Series.
Trevor Bauer is not Gerrit Cole. He may think he is and want a contract exceeding the annual average value (AAV) Cole received last year from the New York Yankees, but he is not worthy.
The arrogance at which Bauer conducts business is just unsettling to me. Bauer should advocate for his talents, yes. He should claw, scratch, and fight for every dollar he can get. I’m a “boomer”, yes old fashioned and like traditional methods of negotiation. The Twitter barbs Bauer gets into, while amusing and engaging for baseball fans, are unbecoming of a professional, in any business. The heyday Bauer and his agent, Rachel Luba, have when anything false is reported about a potential signing. Like they are toying with the entire baseball industry, from fans to executives, in such a public forum.
Allegedly, the race for Trevor Bauer is down to two teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets. For either of these teams to sign him, has direct implications for the Washington Nationals. More so the Mets.
Bauer is a good pitcher. I do not believe he is worth $30M a year, though he will improve any pitching staff he goes to. I can’t get over the thought Bauer’s antics and constant social media shenanigans have driven his asking price up so much. By putting himself in the topic of conversation so much, he has willed Steven Cohen to dig deeper into his pockets. Were Bauer to sign with the Mets, I like this guy’s way of thinking:
Well, I have incoherently babbled long enough about this matter. I am not even sure what points I wanted to make. For the past three months I’ve watched as Twitter and the talking heads have been enamored with where Trevor Bauer will sign. I have had a hard time fashioning why. John Bateman, former Houston Astros and Montreal Expos catcher, has been gone since 1996, and even he can’t figure out all the hubbub about Trevor Bauer.