Trevor Bauer became a Cy Young Award-winner thanks in large part to his superior work ethic. That work ethic was on display even before he won the award.
Bauer on Wednesday was announced as the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner. He received 27 of the 30 first-place votes. Yu Darvish received the other three votes and finished second.
Prior to the winner of the award was announced live on MLB Network, Bauer was doing a cardio workout, according to a member of his media team.
Does it surprise you that minutes before the CY Young award is announced, @BauerOutage is finishing up a cardio workout? Well it shouldn’t, in fact this is probably one of the reasons on why he has a chance to win the Cy Young in the first place. pic.twitter.com/WxDCWbNgdY
Trevor Bauer had a funny response to some possible interest in free agency from the New York Mets.
Bauer is one of the most desirable players on the free agent market and regarded by many as the top free agent pitcher. The Mets on Tuesday introduced new owner Steve Cohen, who shared his plans to spend big, with a goal of winning. That led to a question to Mets executive Sandy Alderson about whether the team would have interest in Bauer.
Alderson said on WFAN that he thought Bauer would be a good fit in New York.
“I actually think Bauer would be a great personality in New York. The kind of guy that fans would endorse. We’re in the entertainment business,” Alderson said.
Bauer, who has become one of the bigger personalities in MLB, responded sarcastically via Twitter.
“Nah…baseball isn’t entertainment. It’s boring and personality isn’t allowed. And this Bauer guy is going to be terrible in the New York media. Big head case. Couldn’t handle it,” he wrote.
Bauer seems to be up for the challenge of playing for the Mets if they sign him. But he also seems to be open to playing for any team in MLB.
The 29-year-old pitcher led the National League with an immaculate 1.73 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP for the Cincinnati Reds and is the favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award.
The San Diego Padres are on the upswing, and now they appear to have their eyes on the top free agent pitcher on the market.
Baseball writer Dan Federico reported Monday that the Padres are emerging as an early suitor for Trevor Bauer. Federico notes Bauer’s close relationship with Padres righty Mike Clevinger, his former Cleveland Indians teammate.
The 29-year-old Bauer just led the National League with an immaculate 1.73 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP for the Cincinnati Reds, albeit in the shortened 2020 season. The Padres, meanwhile, made it to the NLDS this year after many consecutive seasons of losing baseball. They still lack a reliable top of the rotation though, Clevinger aside.
Bauer is shaping up to be one of the most desired players on the free agent market. The former No. 3 overall pick is coming off his best season as a pro and led the league with a 1.73 ERA. This marked Bauer’s best season since 2018, when he went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA and made his first All-Star team.
Trevor Bauer has taken an unorthodox approach to his impending free agency, but it appears his latest move is a bit more traditional.
Bauer has said in the past that he only wants to sign one-year deals for the rest of his career. He believed this approach would ensure him flexibility and leverage, as well as, as well as the opportunity to pitch for a contender.
With Bauer about to hit free agency, however, he seems to be changing his stance. Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, tweeted Sunday that Bauer was open to considering any and all offers.
For everyone reaching out about @BauerOutage’s previous comments regarding a desire to do only 1-year deals:
We are open to & will be considering ALL types of deals.
Maybe Bauer hasn’t changed his preferences at all. That said, this is just logical. There’s no use in Bauer limiting his market in any way just as he’s about to become one of the top free agent pitchers available. Some teams may have interest in Bauer, but would be unwilling to offer him a one-year contract. Bauer would be doing himself a disservice if he didn’t even hear them out. Plus, there are other ways he could get what he wants, such as the insertion of opt-out clauses in his contract.
Trevor Bauer will be one of the top free agents available this offseason, and he is already doing his best to create a market for himself.
The NL Cy Young Award favorite sent a tweet on Wednesday night after seeing the New York Yankees lose Game 3 of their ALDS with the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4. Bauer thinks the Yankees could use a pitcher like him.
Kinda looks like the @yankees could use some more starting pitching. Interesting.
Masahiro Tanaka allowed five runs in four-plus innings on Wednesday. Aaron Boone pulled Deivi Garcia after just one inning against Tampa Bay on Tuesday and went to J.A. Happ, who allowed four runs and took the loss. Gerrit Cole, the team’s big free agent signing last offseason, delivered with a win in Game 1.
Jordan Montgomery is scheduled to start in Game 4. James Paxton is the team’s other starter, but he has been out since August with an elbow injury.
Bauer is right; the Yankees could use some ace-level pitching. Bauer went 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA this season and pitched 7.2 scoreless innings in the postseason for the Reds. He has said he will only sign one-year deals.
Trevor Bauer and Ronald Acuña Jr. engaged in a bit of a sparring match on Twitter recently, but the Cincinnati Reds pitcher showed on Tuesday that he has his rival’s back.
Acuña was hit by Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara in his second at-bat of Game 1 of the NLDS on Tuesday night. Many, including Acuña, felt the plunking was intentional after the star center fielder belted an opposite-field home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Acuña took to Twitter after the game to taunt the Marlins for hitting him because they can’t get him out.
The Marlins may have also been upset that Acuña flipped his bat following the homer. Bauer defended Acuña and said he has every right to flip his bat after a moonshot like the one he hit.
If @ronaldacunajr24 hits an oppo homer off you that hits the second deck, he can bat flip all he wants and you just have to wear it. I mean, he could Contreras that thing to the moon for all I care. Good lord. That was a tank. If you don’t like it, get him out and strut on him
Bauer’s opinion is significant given what happened during the NL Wild Card Series between the Braves and Reds. Acuña trolled Bauer on social media after Atlanta advanced to the NLDS, and Bauer responded with a funny video of his own. The trash talk seemed friendly enough, and Bauer’s defense of Acuña on Tuesday indicates he is not holding a grudge.
Bauer, who pitched 7.2 scoreless innings in Game 1 and took a no-decision, shared his response. He created a video showing him striking out Acuña and all the other Braves players as part of his 12-strikeout effort.