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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.
Interested teams suggest Trevor Bauer seeks a 5- or 6-year deal for $36M to $40M (about $200M). Bauer is coming off a brilliant Cy Young season but the star market is slow. The record AAV is $36M by Bauer’s UCLA teammate Gerrit Cole. Agent Rachel Luba declines comment on talks.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 30, 2020
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.
Allllllsooooooo if you’re going to go out of your way to report that someone declines to comment you might want to make sure it’s ACTUALLY true (*it’s not*). Don’t you have to actually talk to someone for them to “decline”? Wouldn’t want to be fake news now would we Jonny boy? https://t.co/lyn4UIL58j
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) December 30, 2020
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.