The Trevor Bauer saga for Los Angeles is over. The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Friday that Bauer has been designated for assignment.
L.A. will eat the $22.5 million, and any team can sign the right-handed pitcher for the minimum and play as soon as he can.
However, the question arises about who will sign the former Cy Young winner. Any team interested in the right-handed pitcher can sign him, but ESPN insider Alden Gonzalez says that teams may avoid Bauer at all costs.
“The industry’s perspective, if it can be summarized with one sentence: Unlikely, but not impossible.
ESPN surveyed about two-dozen agents and front-office executives over the past month in an effort to gauge Bauer’s potential free agent market, and the answers didn’t deviate much beyond that. The most common response landed closely with what a rival general manager plainly stated in a text message on the night of Dec. 22, moments after an independent arbitrator ruled that Bauer — having already served 144 games in 2022 — would be docked pay for the first 50 games of the 2023 season but would be reinstated immediately.
“I don’t expect anyone will sign him,” the G.M. wrote.”
An independent arbitrator reduced Bauer’s suspension from 324 games to 194 games.
Even though most teams will do everything in their power to avoid Bauer, some agents said that some teams would take a chance on Bauer.
“I think there will be teams that will at least be interested,” another agent said.
“Some teams will just take the arm,” a front-office executive added, “and they’ll deal with the blowback later.”
And. that’s what it may come down to with Bauer. Will a team sign the soon to be 32 year old and get ready to face the criticism that will come with it?
He last pitched in June 2021 and was adequate for the Dodgers in his time on the mound. He went 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA, 137 strikeouts, and a 1.00 WHIP in 17 games.
It’ll be interesting to see what team will take the chance on Bauer. Will it be a steal, or will they regret signing someone who hasn’t pitched in the major leagues in 19 months?
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