Every MLB team can make a case for signing Trevor Bauer, even if it is a bit in jest.
Trevor Bauer just won the National League Cy Young Award with the Cincinnati Reds and is now one of the most coveted free agents this MLB offseason.
He is known to be a bit of a wild card so it is possible Bauer ends up in a handful of places. The right-hander has been teasing interest in different cities on Twitter so let’s make a case for every team to sign him.
A case for Bauer on every team
We can break this down in alphabetical order. Buckle in.
The first team on the list is the biggest longshot after the Diamondbacks gave up on Bauer in 2012 one year after drafting him No. 3 overall. Maybe he would want to stick it to the organization?
The Braves need an ace and could get a sure thing after whiffing on Cole Hamels in 2020.
Bauer signing with the Orioles would be the ultimate troll. The team’s pitch could be best summed up as “why not?”
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox got the budget in order and can get back to their old ways by signing Bauer and hoping Chris Sale can return in 2021.
Chicago White Sox
The front office should make this move just to see the clash between Bauer and Tony La Russa.
Jon Lester is out and the Cubs can pair Bauer with Yu Darvish to remain competitive in 2021.
The Reds need to retain Bauer if they want to get back to the postseason and make the initial trade for him worth it.
The Indians can get the band back together and try to win it all one more time by signing Bauer and keeping Francisco Lindor. Fans can dream.
The Colorado front office can tell Bauer he can become a legend if he dominates in the notoriously hitter-friendly park.
The Tigers can get the rebuild on a faster track and be a surprise team in 2021.
From a baseball standpoint, the Astros would be top contenders once again with Bauer in the rotation. From an entertainment perspective, the clash of personalities would be gold.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals can sign the ace and try to make sure this current postseason drought won’t last decades.
Los Angeles Angels
The Angels need to do whatever it takes to avoid wasting Mike Trout’s prime and this would help.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have an unlimited budget and could become even more of a superteam.
Miami made the playoffs in 2020 and should try to keep that window open instead of openly tanking once again.
A pairing of Corbin Burnes and Bauer would help the Brewers stand out in a competitive NL Central.
The Twins haven’t won a playoff game since 2004. Throw Bauer on the mound three times in October if you must and hope for the best.
New York Yankees
Seeing Gerrit Cole and Bauer try to get along would provide plenty of drama in the Bronx. The front office may just tell them to grow up because that pairing would be the best in the league.
New York Mets
Steve Cohen said he will spend to win and this is a prime opportunity to back up his words.
The A’s can pitch Bauer a one-year deal and avoid wasting another great core of talent that has made the postseason each of the past three years.
The Phillies are likely to lose J.T. Realmuto. Adding Bauer can prevent fans from staging a mutiny.
The Pirates spending on Bauer would send shockwaves throughout Pittsburgh and would breathe life into the franchise, even though this isn’t going to happen.
San Diego Padres
Bauer can team up with former Indians teammate Mike Clevinger. That would have to be a multi-year deal as Clevinger had Tommy John surgery, so add it to the pitch!
San Francisco Giants
The Giants can backload a deal for Bauer to pay him once Johnny Cueto is off the books. Another opportunity to land the ace on a multi-year deal.
The Mariners have not been to the postseason since 2001. It’s time to change that.
St. Louis Cardinals
The franchise can usher in a new era now that Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright are likely both gone.
Tampa Bay Rays
This is one team where Bauer may get his dream of regularly pitching on short rest. They may also have an angry Blake Snell on their hands.
The Rangers have tried and failed to land top talent as of late. They can stick with the theme of former Indians after a disastrous stint for Corey Kluber in 2020.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are building something special and Bauer can redeem himself after the infamous drone incident in Canada back in 2016.
It’s time to chase another World Series and stay relevant after a tough 2020 season.