Why Trevor Bauer Isn't Walking Through the Door

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Trevor Bauer is the top free agent prize on the market this offseason.  He has been teasing fan bases on social media as to his next potential landing spot.  

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He also trolled Red Sox Nation about a month ago, tweeting a picture of a plane ticket to Boston.  The tweet got the Red Sox fan base all riled up with the anticipation he would consider pitching in Boston next season. 

Bauer makes sense for the Red Sox; he fills a much needed void in the rotation.  The team could slot Bauer at the top of their rotation as their new ace.  It's unknown what kind of deal Bauer would sign because it's been said he would only sign one-year deals with clubs. 

Last week, Bauer was named the National League Cy Young award winner after a stellar season with the Reds.  It's unlikely the Reds will be able to retain their ace this offseason.  The Red Sox and many other teams will line up for his services next season.

Bauer Fills a Major Need

The Red Sox got some news regarding Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez next season.  Sale isn't expected to be ready for the start of next season.  That shouldn't come as a huge surprise as he had Tommy John surgery a few months ago.  Earlier this year, Chaim Bloom said that Sale's recovery from TJ surgery would take 12-14 months.  That would put his return to June or July of next season for the tall lefty. 

The other question mark is surrounding Rodriguez who missed all of this season with  myocarditis, a complication from COVID-19.  Bloom has said that Rodriguez has started throwing and has looked good. 

We can almost guarantee that Rodriguez will be on a innings limit for 2021, and with Sale returning mid-season, the Red Sox will be cautious with both arms. 

Bauer would immediately be the teams new ace on a team that is desperate for quality pitching. He has been healthy his entire career, betting on himself each season. Bauer has attributed that to his training practices, pitching philosophies and knowledge of his own body.

The free agent righty also has the mindset to pitch in Boston. Bauer has been one of the most outspoken players in the game and has been extremely critical of commissioner Rob Manfred. 

The Suitors

There will be no shortage of suitors for Bauer this offseason.  The Red Sox are an obvious fit and they have some money to spend on him. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers make a lot of sense, and Bauer would provide protection around Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler.  The Dodgers have young arms like Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin, but you can never have enough starting pitching.  Just ask the Boston Red Sox.

The other team in Los Angeles would be smart to kick the tires on Bauer.  The Angels have great lineup but they have zero pitching.  The Angels have committed to $179 million dollars to their payroll.  Team owner Arte Moreno isn't shy from spending money on his ball club and, with a new general manager on board, the Angels are a serious threat. 

The real dark horse in the whole Bauer free agency chase are the New York Mets.  New billionaire owner Steve Cohen will be looking to make a splash.  The club hasn't exactly hidden their desire to bring Bauer to the Big Apple.  Bauer's personality in New York would be back page headlines daily.  He would provide no shortage of content for the intense media. The Mets have an open checkbook and could not only bring in Bauer and add him to that top-notch rotation of Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.  The Mets could scoop up Bauer and the other top free agents.  The Red Sox will not get into a bidding war for Bauer, so if the money gets wild, count Boston out. 

From Bauer Eyes

The Red Sox have stated they wouldn't shy away from any player that has a qualified offer attached to them.  Bauer would cost the Red Sox more than the money they would pay him.  The Red Sox would forfeit a 2021 second-round draft pick and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool space if they signed Bauer.

If Bauer signs a one-year deal in Boston, they'll attach the QO on him after next season, so they'd get their pick back.  I don't see Bloom parting with a draft pick and international money in year two of rebuilding the Red Sox farm system. 

Red Sox fans are clamoring for Bauer to come to Boston, but does he really want to come here?  He has tweeted to tease the fan base and potentially try and drive up his value in free agency.  But does Bauer look at the Red Sox and immediately think he makes them a World Series contender? 

The Dodgers check that box for Bauer and they are his hometown team, which checks another box.  The Mets would be an instant favorite in the NL East, but they're the Mets.  He'd be signing merely for the money. 

Bauer would look good in Boston, but they are still a little bit away from being truly competitive.  The club has a potent lineup still led by Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez.  The club's pitching is still a major question mark, which leads me to believe Bauer is truly out on Boston.            

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