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Trevor Bauer crushes Astros in 10-minute diatribe

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Trevor Bauer had been publicly suspicious of the Houston Astros for years prior to MLB’s investigation into the team’s sign-stealing operation. Now Bauer knows he was very much onto something, and isn’t afraid to talk about it.

The Cincinnati Reds pitcher was asked about the Astros on Friday and offered a nearly 10-minute answer, with numerous highlights. He was particularly aggrieved that Astros players, notably Alex Bregman, ripped into Bauer for insinuating that Houston was somehow cheating.

“I try not to interfere or interject myself into anyone else’s affairs, but if you come at me, I feel like I have every right to defend myself,” Bauer said, via C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. “Now they’ve chosen to make it about me and attack my character, I’m not going to let them forget the fact that they are hypocrites, they are cheaters, they’ve stolen from a lot of other people and the game itself was completely unfair. They’ve negatively affected the fans, they’ve negatively affected players, they’ve negatively affected kids and the future of baseball – which is what I’m most upset about. Now all the things they do really well as an organization are going to get completely washed away and forgotten about so the next generation of kids gets set back five or 10 years on the analytics, training and health and all the different stuff they do really well.

“Whit Merrifield was not an All-Star because Jose Altuve was. Aaron Judge did not win the MVP because Jose Altuve did and things like this. So now Whit Merrifield, when he goes to sign his long-term extension, doesn’t have ‘All-Star’ next to his name. ‘All-Star’ probably makes him a lot more valuable in arbitration which perhaps makes him not sign that deal or maybe sign the deal for that many more million dollars. Aaron Judge doesn’t have MVP next to his name. What is he worth in his first year of arbitration? That’s millions of dollars.”

Bauer did much more. He called out Justin Verlander and A.J. Hinch for hypocrisy, ripped Astros players for consistently lying about their involvement, said he had been told by three sources that the Astros were involved in more than has been reported, and reaffirmed his belief that commissioner Rob Manfred is “a joke” for various reasons. The comments are well worth a read in their entirety.

However, Bauer saved some of his harshest words for Astros owner Jim Crane, who said Thursday that he did not think the team’s sign-stealing impacted the game.

“‘We don’t think it affected the game.’ You’re either lying or you’re a f—ing idiot. And you don’t become a billionaire owner of a team by being a f—ing idiot. So, you’re lying,” Bauer said. “I don’t know. How can you not think that affected the game when you know what pitches, that’s just so ridiculous. That take, that quote, then basically the entire thing was like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry we got caught.’ Not like, ‘Hey, we did this.'”

You should read the entire thing if you haven’t yet.

Bauer has been vocally suspicious of the Astros since some suspicious activity during the 2018 ALDS, and he has never really let up since. It turns out he was right — and is right to be mad as well.

The Houston Astros are confirmed cheaters and deserve an asterisk. Send that message by wearing our Houston Asterisks T-shirt! You can buy it here:

Trevor Bauer rips ‘joke’ Rob Manfred over proposed MLB playoff changes

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MLB is considering some radical changes to its playoff format, and Trevor Bauer is no fan of the proposal.

The Cincinnati Reds pitcher tweeted on Monday night that the proposal was “absurd” for numerous reasons. Bauer directed his ire at Rob Manfred, calling the commissioner a “joke.”

The proposal would include expanding the playoff field to seven teams in each league; giving the top team in each league a bye into the divisional round; having a TV show where teams pick their opponents; and a 3-game series in the first round, where the higher-seeded team hosts all three games.

The good news is MLB is thinking of ways to modify its current system, which needs serious improvement. The problem is the proposal includes some bad ideas, such as a 3-game series (which is too short) where only one team hosts all three (which is unfair).

Bauer needs to share his extended thoughts on the subject, and his suggestion for how to be better. Bauer probably already has issues with Manfred over the way the Astros situation was handled, considering the pitcher has long taken issue with Houston’s methods.

Trevor Bauer thinks meltdown on mound may have played role in Indians trade

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Trevor Bauer was the subject of trade rumors leading up to the deadline last year long before he threw a fit over being removed from a game, but the star pitcher thinks that incident may have helped solidify the Cleveland Indians’ decision to move on from him.

Bauer was a guest on the “Pardon My Take” podcast this week, and he was asked if he believes angrily heaving a ball over the center field wall two days before he was traded factored into the way the Indians viewed his future with the team.

“Honestly, yeah, it might have,” Bauer said, as transcribed by WKYC’s Ben Axelrod. “Obviously any information you have going into the deadline plays a part in decisions that are being made and emotions that are had.”

In that infamous game, Bauer had allowed nine hits and seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals when Indians manager Terry Francona came out to the mound to pull the right-hander. Bauer, who was frustrated with himself, turned toward the outfield and heaved the ball over the wall. He joked with the “Pardon My Take” crew that he could have thrown it further.

Francona admitted after the trade that he “had concerns” about how Bauer’s meltdown might impact Cleveland’s team chemistry. However, all indications were the Indians had decided well before the incident that they did not want to pay Bauer. Bauer’s relationship with the team also may have been strained during the arbitration process.

If nothing else, the meltdown probably made it easier for the Indians to trade Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds.

Trevor Bauer trolls Astros with bandage T-shirt

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Trevor Bauer has long been one of the most outspoken critics of the Houston Astros. Back in the 2018 season, he accused their pitchers of using substances to increase their spin rate and therefore improve their performance. He has long suggested the Astros were up to no good, and the findings of MLB this week have somewhat validated his criticisms. That’s why it was no surprise to see what Bauer is doing now.

The Cincinnati Reds pitcher is selling shirts on his shop mocking the Astros over the electronic buzzer allegations.

The item description for the product is funny: “BUZZ. BUZZ. you already know what’s coming.”

Jose Altuve was accused on Thursday of wearing one of these buzzer devices and denied it, but few are buying his explanation.

The Houston Astros are confirmed cheaters and deserve an asterisk. Send that message by wearing our Houston Asterisks T-shirt! You can buy it here:

Trevor Bauer says he’s ‘a lot happier’ since trade from Indians

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Trevor Bauer was traded by a team in the middle of a pennant race and landed with an organization that won’t be playing in October. Apparently, he’s happy with that all the same.

Bauer told Fox Sports Ohio that he’s “a lot happier” since being traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Cincinnati Reds, adding that he “[doesn’t] really miss a whole lot about Cleveland.”

The move to Cincinnati certainly hasn’t helped Bauer’s numbers. After posting a 3.79 ERA in 24 starts with the Indians, The 28-year-old has a 7.62 ERA in five starts with the Reds. Bauer certainly seemed wistful about departing Cleveland, but maybe he’s just found himself really comfortable in his new home. It has not shown on the mound.

Trevor Bauer sticking to plan to sign only one-year contracts

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If the Cincinnati Reds are hoping to get newly-acquired pitcher Trevor Bauer to commit to the organization long-term, it sounds like they’re going to be disappointed.

Bauer reaffirmed his desire to sign only one-year contracts for the rest of his career, saying Monday that he wanted to do so to ensure he could pitch for a contender on an annual basis.

Bauer is serious about maximizing his ability to win a championship, even if the decision will cost him long-term security. There’s no denying that it’s a risky approach, but he’s almost certainly considered those risks.

There’s another reason Bauer’s sticking to one-year deals, too. Then again, maybe that one’s more of an incentive.

Look: Trevor Bauer catches Indians game with fans in stadium day after trade

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Trevor Bauer was in no rush to leave Cleveland after being traded by the Indians to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team deal on Tuesday night.

The 2018 All-Star took in Wednesday night’s Indians-Houston Astros game at Progressive Field. He even hung out among the fans in right field:

Bauer later entered the media dining room to hold an impromptu press conference and answer some questions for reporters.

Bauer is a polarizing figure, but he gained a lot of fans during his time in Cleveland. He pitched for them from 2013 to this season, going 67-53 with a 3.89 ERA in over 1,000 innings. They made the postseason three years in a row, including the World Series in 2016.

Watch: Reds OF Jesse Winker learns of Puig-Bauer trade from fan in bleachers

Information spreads so quickly in the social media era that players often find out they were traded or released before their teams have a chance to speak with them, which usually is not a good thing. However, it did make for a cool moment after the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds agreed to their blockbuster trade on Tuesday night.

The Indians and Reds swapped Trevor Bauer and Yasiel Puig in a three-team deal that also sent Taylor Trammel to the San Diego Padres. Cincinnati outfielder Jesse Winker had not yet heard the news during Tuesday night’s game when a fan sitting in the bleachers relayed it to him.

A fan breaking trade news to a player about his own team in the middle of a game would have been unfathomable 10 or so years ago, but that was a pretty cool moment.

Again, we’ve seen plenty of situations where it would have been nice if teams got to players before the news spread on social media, but the fan who got to break the news about the Bauer-Puig trade to a Reds player is probably thankful for Twitter.

Trevor Bauer traded to Reds for Yasiel Puig; Taylor Trammell in 3-team deal

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Trevor Bauer’s last act as a member of the Cleveland Indians was his “childish” heave into center field.

Bauer has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team deal that also involves the San Diego Padres.

The Reds are sending outfielder Yasiel Puig and Double-A pitcher Scott Moss to the Indians, and Taylor Trammell to the Padres as part of the deal. Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen and Victor Nova are being sent to the Indians from the Padres.

Here is what each team is getting in the trade:

Reds: Trevor Bauer
Indians: Yasiel Puig and Scott Moss via Cincinnati; Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen and Victor Nova via San Diego
Padres: Taylor Trammell

Bauer, 28, is making $13 million this season and is under team control for one more season, so Cincinnati will get him for 2020. Puig will be a free agent after the season, so he is a rental for an Indians offense that could use some extra power. Puig has 22 home runs in 99 games this season.

Bauer is 9-8 with a 3.79 ERA. He is set for a pay raise next year that the team maybe felt they couldn’t afford. He is also outspoken and his latest antics may have also made it easier to deal him.

Trammell is a 21-year-old former first-round pick who is batting .236 in Double-A this year. He has batted .273 with a .775 OPS during his minor league career.

Reyes has 27 home runs this season and a .253 batting average. He had 16 homers in 87 games for the Padres last season. Allen, 22, pitched 25 innings for the Padres this season with a 6.75 ERA. He has a 3.08 ERA in his minor league career.

The trade comes a day after another top starting pitcher on the market, Marcus Stroman, was also moved. What’s surprising and equally noteworthy about both deals is that the pitchers ended up going to below .500 teams that were in fourth place in their respective divisions.

Astros reportedly showing interest in Trevor Bauer trade

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The Houston Astros are looking to add a starting pitcher at the trade deadline and are looking at Trevor Bauer, according to a few reports.’s Jon Morosi reported on Tuesday that the Astros and Cleveland Indians have been in trade talks about Bauer.

The Astros have also explored a Madison Bumgarner trade and reportedly have talked with the New York Mets about Zach Wheeler.

The New York Post’s Joel Sherman says the Astros’ target list includes those three pitchers.

Bauer, 28, got lit up by the Kansas City Royals in his latest start and had a mini-meltdown when pulled from the game. He has a 3.79 ERA and 185 strikeouts in 156.2 innings this season. He would give a pretty terrific Astros rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole a nice boost, although things could be uncomfortable at first.

The big issue here is that the playoff-contending Indians may not want to trade Bauer despite exploring talks.