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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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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)
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