It’s not uncommon in Major League Baseball for players to try and sell free agents on coming to their teams. Unlike the NBA, there aren’t any rules that prevent that from happening. So it should come as no surprise that there were Dodgers players in contact with Trevor Bauer during his free agency decision.
As it turns out, one of those guys was Walker Buehler. During a session with the media on Saturday morning, Buehler talked about Bauer and what he brings to the Dodgers. He also said that he stayed in contact with him during his free agency, frequently texting him to see where he was at in his decision.
I had conversations with him previously, knew that he had always been interested in coming here and obviously didn’t want to dissuade him from that in any way. So I texted him a little bit throughout his free agency to say ‘hey what’s the deal, what’s going on, are you coming here?’ or whatever. Had conversations here and there with some front office guys just about what I knew.
We’ll never really know how much of a role Buehler’s lobbying played in Bauer’s decision, but it certainly couldn’t have hurt. What player doesn’t want to come to a team where one of the best pitchers on the staff is pushing for you? Bauer has also talked about his decision to come to the Dodgers and mentioned Buehler by name on several occasions.
Whatever the reason that Bauer decided to come to the Dodgers, this staff is going to be ridiculous. Bauer and Buehler combined represent some of the most outwardly competitive arms in Los Angeles, and we could be in for some intense games moving forward.
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