The Cincinnati Reds are without Trevor Bauer’s services after he became a free agent when the season ended. But on Wednesday night he was named to Major League Baseball’s All-MLB 1st team for his performance with the Reds during the 2020 season.
If you are just hearing about the “All-MLB” team, you probably aren’t alone. This is only the second year that it’s existed. The team is voted on by a panel of experts as well as fans. Five starting pitchers around Major League Baseball made the 1st team. Joining Bauer among the starters were Cleveland’s Shane Bieber, Chicago’s Yu Darvish, Atlanta’s Max Fried, and New York’s Jacob deGrom.
As Cincinnati’s first Cy Young Award winner, Trevor Bauer making the team isn’t a surprise at all. A National League best 1.73 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in 73.0 innings to go along with 100 strikeouts is going to be good enough get a player recognized as one of the best in all of Major League Baseball.
There was a first and a second team voted on and Bauer was the only Red that made the list. The National League Central division was actually a bit light on representation on the list. Along with Bauer and Darvish on the 1st team the only other player from the division was Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams. You can see the full list here.
The Rule 5 Draft is this afternoon
Today at 12:00pm ET the annual Rule 5 Draft will take place to officially close the winter meetings. Cincinnati will have the 18th spot in the draft if they choose to make a pick.
This year is a lot different than most years when it comes to the Rule 5 draft. There was no minor league season, and an overwhelming number of first-time eligible players for the draft haven’t played since 2019, leaving teams with old data and information on players and leaving players with less experience and generally further away from the Major Leagues than players for past. No one really has a good grasp as to how things will play out because of all of it. We’ll know by 12:30, though, whether the Reds lost or added any players to the organization.