Calling Reds’ pitcher Trevor Bauer the strangest man in baseball seems fair. Bauer’s actions on the field and off would support that league-wide, and I’m sure the Dodgers are well aware. Whether it be drones, weird workouts, tell-all YouTube sessions, or social media issues, Bauer comes with some baggage.
However much baggage he comes with, he also happens to be one of the best pitchers in baseball right now. In fact, there’s a really good chance that Bauer walks away with the NL Cy Young Award in 2020 after a ridiculous campaign. The 29-year-old Los Angeles native has expressed interest in coming to the Dodgers in the past, and he reignited that idea on Tuesday.
?? @Dodgers are short on starting pitching right now? You don’t say.
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) October 13, 2020
Bauer jumped into the conversation after the Dodgers announced that Clayton Kershaw would miss his Game 2 start in the NLCS. Kershaw experienced back spasms that scratched him from his start just a few hours before game time.
This isn’t the first time that Bauer has talked about going to the Dodgers, but it also is not the first time this postseason he’s hinted at going to another team. Bauer had also tweeted about going to San Diego next season to join up with former teammate Mike Clevinger.
Love him or hate him, Bauer does make any pitching staff he is on better. But with David Price returning in 2021, the Dodgers probably don’t NEED a guy that will ultimately cost as much as he does. Bauer signed a one-year deal with the Reds worth $17.5 million this past offseason. With a Cy Young Award likely in his future, expect his pricetag to jump dramatically.