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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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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Trevor Bauer Should Just Admit It

Trevor Bauer, Reds ace and heavy-brained edgelord, told reporters after another pristine start Wednesday night that he has done enough this season to deserve the National League Cy Young award. And unlike the time he mangled his hand by carelessly handling a drone, he’s not wrong. By the standard metrics, Bauer should be the frontrunner: he leads NL pitchers in ERA and strikeouts, and is third in innings, and has nine quality starts in 11 appearances. But there is another metric that says that Bauer, long a critic of dirty rotten cheaters, may now be a dirty rotten cheater. Bauer, in his ninth major league season, is suddenly the God of Spin.

Bauer’s sudden jump in spin rate was noted by Fangraphs at the end of last season, when he gained something like 400 rpm on his fastball in the month of September. Not gradually! For most of his career his four-seamer hovered below 2300 rpm, with a modest increase into the 2400s in early 2019. Then whammo, the calendar flipped to September and all at once that heater was topping 2700 rpm and headed for 2800. That’s not a minor increase, not in absolute terms and not when compared to his peers: Bauer’s fastball went from average spin to literally the highest spin rate in all of baseball.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2020 at 03:40 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Thursday, August 20, 2020

MLB tells Trevor Bauer he will be disciplined if he wears special cleats in support of Joe Kelly

Cincinnati Reds starter Trevor Bauer said Wednesday that he was told by Major League Baseball he could be subject to discipline and removal from a game if he wears custom-made cleats that say “FREE JOE KELLY” on one shoe and have a pouty-faced illustration of the suspended Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher on the other.

Kelly was banned for eight games after the league said he intentionally threw at Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and shortstop Carlos Correa in a late-July game. Kelly appealed, and the suspension, which will begin when he comes off the injured list, was reduced to five games.

Bauer, who has been one of the National League’s best pitchers this season, tweeted a video of the shoes and said he planned to wear them during his start Wednesday night in the second game of a doubleheader against Kansas City.

In a second tweet, Bauer said he planned to give away the cleats to a person who purchases a T-shirt on his website of a goat with Kelly’s sad face that said “DEAL WITH IT.” In the tweet, Bauer said all proceeds would go to Kelly’s charity of choice.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 20, 2020 at 08:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, trevor bauer

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Trevor Bauer wants to start every fourth day in 60-game season, and the Reds might let him

Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer has in the past stumped to be part of a four-man rotation, or least start every fourth day himself. That wish is unlikely to be granted during a normal 162-game season, but the 2020 regular season will span just 60 games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That means the time may be nigh for Bauer to take the bump every fourth day.

As Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, that might be just what happens. Via Nightengale:

The question looming throughout preseason camp is how much is enough for Bauer in the starting rotation. Pitching coach Derek Johnson said he was considering using Bauer as a starter every fourth day, something Bauer has advocated for, instead of the typical five days.

“I’ve applied some friendly pressure to him, I guess is how you’d say it,” Bauer said. “But basically letting him know that I want to pitch as much as possible as often as possible. You don’t have to worry about wearing down over the course of a long season. We’ve got a two-month sprint and a month of playoffs.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2020 at 12:44 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Trevor Bauer, Aubrey Huff engage in ridiculous NSFW Twitter fight

If only Curt Schilling could get involved somehow.

The spat began when Huff responded to a tweet from Bauer about his feelings on the potential agreement for Major League Baseball’s 2020 season, suggesting Bauer “keep quiet” based on career stats.

The back-and-forth quickly devolved as Huff hurled insults at Bauer, calling him a “cuck” with low testosterone. They wound up debating the merits of Bauer’s career WAR (a “nerd stat”) and Huff’s two World Series titles (“participation trophies”).

The 43-year-old Huff, a 13-year veteran who last played in 2012, has found himself at the center of controversies recently for misogynist and bigoted statements he has made on Twitter.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2020 at 01:10 PM | 65 comment(s)
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