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Thursday, April 08, 2021

Umpires remove ball for likely inspection in Trevor Bauer’s start

Umpires at Wednesday’s Athletics-Los Angeles Dodgers game reportedly removed a ball from the field, ostensibly for inspection, following Trevor Bauer’s first inning of work.

A’s radio announcer Vince Cotroneo shared the news during Wednesday’s contest, which ended in a 4-3 A’s win on Mitch Moreland’s walk-off single.

If nothing else, the optics of this situation are interesting. Bauer, the prized Dodgers righty, has publicly challenged MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred repeatedly throughout the years.

On March 24, MLB reportedly issued a memo in an attempt to enforce the ban of foreign substances on baseballs.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2021 at 09:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 07, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer pitches shutout inning vs. San Diego Padres with one eye closed

Gotta breathe through your eyelids.

Trevor Bauer immersed himself into a budding rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres with one eye closed.

The Dodgers’ prized offseason acquisition navigated through his first inning against the Padres on Saturday afternoon by pitching mostly with his right eye closed, a training method he said he uses frequently as a means to make himself uncomfortable.

“I figured if they can’t score off me with one eye open, it’s gonna be difficult to score off me with two eyes open,” Bauer said after throwing three scoreless innings from the Dodgers’ facility. “Just having a little bit of fun.”

Bauer didn’t go into specifics for why he occasionally chooses to keep an eye closed, though Dodgers manager Dave Roberts mentioned that it had something to do with recalibrating his command.

“I think there might have been one curveball I think he did with both eyes closed,” Roberts said while holding his laughter. “I don’t know, but there is a method to his madness.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 07, 2021 at 11:59 AM | 37 comment(s)
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Friday, February 05, 2021

Trevor Bauer signing with Los Angeles Dodgers

Trevor Bauer, the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner, has agreed to join the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the California native announcing his move in a YouTube video Friday.

Bauer and the Dodgers are in agreement on a three-year deal that has opt-outs after Years 1 and 2, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The 30-year-old right-hander was the first reigning Cy Young Award winner to enter free agency since Greg Maddux in 1992.

Bauer, a first-time free agent who played last season for the Cincinnati Reds on a $17 million deal that was prorated to $6.4 million, was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball in 2020, going 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA, a 0.79 WHIP, 100 strikeouts and 17 walks during the pandemic-shortened season. Opposing batters hit .159 against him, which led all major league pitchers. In addition to WHIP and ERA, Bauer led the NL in ERA-plus, which adjusts for his hitter-friendly home ballpark, and hits allowed per nine innings (5.055) in 2020.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 05, 2021 at 03:18 PM | 123 comment(s)
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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Angels aren’t in on Trevor Bauer but still expect to beef up starting rotation

But he’s not a great fit in Anaheim, according to people with knowledge of the Angels’ thinking, even if the team were to offer him the record-setting annual value (greater than $36 million) he reportedly seeks.

Finances are a factor. The Angels’ payroll in relation to the luxury tax stood at $186.5 million after last week’s addition of starter José Quintana. It is unclear how close owner Arte Moreno is willing to get to the luxury-tax threshold of $210 million but he has never spent more than the $194 million he committed to the 2020 opening-day roster.

Another disconnect between Bauer and the Angels is the coaching staff. Bauer previously worked with current Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway while in Cleveland from 2013 to 2017. They did not get along. Bauer has long taken a progressive approach to pitching; he was an early adopter of such techniques as throwing weighted balls, long-tossing and utilizing cameras to improve pitches. Callaway’s style is different. He uses analytics in game planning and instruction but doesn’t overemphasize them. Last year, he said he prefers to use them “to make a little nudge.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 31, 2021 at 02:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Monday, January 11, 2021

Bauer’s case for richest AAV deal legitimate?

A look at Bauer’s record shows a Cy Young Award-caliber 2018 season (2.21 ERA over 175 1/3 innings for the Indians) during which he made his first All-Star team, followed by a dip in ‘19 (4.48 ERA with the Indians and Reds) caused in part by a lingering right ankle injury that he pitched through. Then came ‘20, when Bauer was the best pitcher in the NL, resulting in a landslide win in the Cy Young Award vote.

“The biggest difference is that he has really struggled at times at the MLB level,” an NL executive said, noting Bauer’s inconsistency during the first three full years of his career. “But he’s been durable and he’s on the upswing.”

Strasburg’s deal marked his second big contract after he opted out of the final four years of the seven-year, $175 million extension he signed with Washington in 2016. When he signed his big deal in on Dec. 9, 2019, Strasburg was already 31 years old and had spent parts of 10 seasons in the Majors—including 426 days on the injured list.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2021 at 01:48 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Sources on what it could take to land Trevor Bauer—and where he’ll end up

“He’s always had great stuff,” said one scout, “but he’s become much more consistent with his command of all of his pitches. He doesn’t make many mistakes, and the cutter has given him a weapon that has made him tougher on left-handed hitters. He knows how to pitch too. He’s not Gerrit Cole, but he’s a legit No. 1.”

Cole, of course, was the prize of last year’s free-agent market, signed by the Yankees to a record-breaking contract of nine years, $324 million.

Will Bauer, who turns 30 in January, come close to that type of money? The people I spoke to think it’s more likely he’ll wind up with something closer to the seven-year, $245 million deal that Stephen Strasburg signed to remain with the Nationals last winter.

“Last year was a perfect storm for Cole with the Yankees desperate for an ace,” one team exec said. “Nobody’s going (to do) nine years for Bauer. He should be in the Strasburg range, but there’s a lot of uncertainty because of the Covid-environment and the revenue teams lost, so it’s hard to say for sure.

“Some teams may see him as the guy who can get them over the top. And then the wild card is Steve Cohen: is he going to throw big money at the top guys to have a major impact right away?”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 22, 2020 at 11:32 AM | 8 comment(s)
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