Latest Trevor Bauer MLB Rumors

It seems as though all 30 MLB teams would like to enter the Trevor Bauer MLB rumors sweepstakes, but at least a handful may have a legitimate shot at last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner.

Who wouldn’t want to add a Trevor Bauer to their roster? Last year the Bauer Outage went 5-4 (.556) for the Reds in 11 starts, tossed a pair of complete games, and pitched to a 1.73 ERA with a WHIP of just 0.795.

Trevor Bauer MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Angels

I have trouble imagining mild-mannered Joe Maddon managing the overly outspoken Trevor Bauer, but Bauer seems to be teasing the possibility to Halo’s fans. Is there mutual interest? Maybe, but Bauer is rightfully interested in going to a place where he can get the best bang for his (millions of) bucks. Trevor enticed the City of Angels with the following tweet.

https://twitter.com/AgentRachelLuba/status/1334780516223000577?s=20

According to spotrac.com, the Angels currently have about $66.5M to play with, but they also still have a lot of pre-arbitration, arbitration and minor league contracts to sign, leaving them an estimated $38.7M to add to their roster.

The Angels will have money coming off the books in 2021, but for all the help they need, signing Bauer may leave them sliced very thin. There’s always deferred money, but a Bauer/Maddon mix may be as volatile as Trevor is, himself.

Trevor Bauer MLB Rumors: New York Mets

The Mets have a new sheriff in town by the name of Steve Cohen. Cohen’s agenda consists of just one word: Change. As the new owner of the team, Cohen is now the richest owner in all of MLB, with a bankroll that makes the New York Yankees look like paupers.

Cohen has already vowed to seek MLB’s top-tier free agents and other players available by trade, and Bauer may fit nicely into such a scenario – especially if Cohen is willing to tack on those zeros.

As Steven Matz tries to work his way into the rotation on a permanent basis, a Bauer signing could really ruin Matz’s chances to bounce back while benefitting the Mets. Matz had a terrible 2020, going 0-5 in six starts (nine total appearances) while posting an ERA of 9.68 and a WHIP of just under 1.700.

Trevor Bauer MLB Rumors: Chicago Cubs

Yes, the Cubs are down three starters (Jon Lester, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood), but despite all of the rumors, hopes and prayers in the Windy City, it’s not likely that the Cubs have any legitimate shot at landing Bauer.

To date, their offseason has been more subtraction than addition, but Jed Hoyer (now the President of Baseball Ops since Theo Epstein’s departure) seems to be on a mission to shave payroll for Cubs’ owner, Tom Ricketts.

At this point in time, the Cubs have an estimated $45.68M, if they want to get back under the luxury tax threshold – something that Ricketts has been open about wanting to achieve. Down outfielders, pitchers and perhaps even a third baseman, the Cubs wouldn’t seem to figure as legitimate contenders for Bauer.

The only saving grace for teams such as the Cubs who’d like to be officially in on the Trevor Bauer MLB rumors is that the COVID-19 may spawn a lot of shorter deals. That’s not to say that Bauer will play for $25M for a season, but stranger things have happened.

The Cubs will likely have considerable money coming off the books as they prepare for guys like Willson Contreras, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez to hit free agency. The downside is that signing a guy like Bauer is going to prevent Chicago from replacing their core with any sort of talented vets, especially with the weak farm system they possess.

Stay tuned, this is going to get interesting as the Treor Bauer MLB Rumors continue to swirl.

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Ken Allison, Baseball Dept Head
Ken Allison is the senior of two MLB Department Heads, as well as a writer and editor for Overtime Heroics. A life-long MLB fan, he's also written for CubsHQ and had the opportunity to try out for the Chicago Cubs in 1986.

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