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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: October 22, 2020 at 08:51 PM (#5984658)
I wouldn't sign Bauer to Strasburg's contract. Granted, I don't have the fancy numbers and video at my disposal (well, I probably do but Bauer is not interesting enough to overcome my laziness) but I don't think there's enough of a track record there. So both in terms of years and AAV, I'd steer clear of that contract. (I'm not certain I'd have signed Strasburg to that contract either.) I could probably be talked into 5 or 6 years around $28 AAV.

Standard caveats of it depends on how desperate I am for pitching, who else is available, etc. But if Bauer's getting 7/$210 then I'm happier and happier that the Cubs have Darvish at 3/$59 and Hendricks at 3/$43.5 (plus option) ... even though Bauer likely has much more upside. (OK, happiness tempered by the fact that I'm not sure the Cubs are making good use of those "savings")
   2. Adam Starblind Posted: October 23, 2020 at 11:51 AM (#5984726)
What Walt said, plus Bauer is a big schmuck.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 23, 2020 at 12:09 PM (#5984733)
Knowing Bauer, he will insist on either $69 million or $420 million.
   4. CFBF's Results are Certified Posted: October 23, 2020 at 04:18 PM (#5984780)
So much for Bauer's insistence on one-year contracts, huh?
   5. The Honorable Ardo Posted: October 23, 2020 at 07:07 PM (#5984809)
Obligatory link to Bauer's blog:
Baseball Tips with Trevor Bauer
   6. JJ1986 Posted: October 24, 2020 at 07:07 PM (#5984926)
Wasn't Bauer doctoring the ball all year? I wouldn't want to pay him based on that and then have him stop doing it.
   7. Darren Posted: October 24, 2020 at 07:11 PM (#5984928)
One year deals only, until I can actually sign long deals for my actual value.
   8. The Duke Posted: October 24, 2020 at 10:11 PM (#5984971)
I was under the impression he was doctoring the ball - I wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole

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