Bauer Fires Back At Heyman Over Report He’ll Eventually Ink Mega Deal Worth $200 Million

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If there is one player whose next career move baseball fans are most anxious to see, it’s free agent pitcher Trevor Bauer.

The reigning NL Cy Young award winner is a free agent, and many have speculated that he will wind up inking a long-term deal for more money than many of us could ever imagine.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeted out Tuesday evening that Bauer is likely going to sign a deal that would pay him around $200 million over five or six years.

Heyman also points out that a slow start to the free agency signing period after franchises lost millions this past season due to no fans is one reason Bauer is still on the open market.

Never one to allow someone to say something about him that isn’t true, Bauer himself took the time to respond to Heyman (whom he called “Jonny boy” in the tweet), saying that the reporting is wrong.

After spending six seasons with Cleveland, Bauer hasn’t inked a long term contract. He has insisted that he wants to sign only one-year deals.

His agent, Rachel Luba, said back in October that Bauer was now open to signing a longer contract, and that all options would be considered.

It’s hard to think that if a team comes calling with an offer at or close to $200 million that Bauer would say “no,” but then again, he’s always done things a little differently. So nothing concerning the 29-year-old would be much of a surprise at this point.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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