Trevor Bauer released a video on his youtube channel late on Sunday night that talked about what he was looking for in free agency from a team he hopes to sign with. Most of the things are ones we’ve heard about before, but there are some details in there worth talking about and if the things he laid out play well for the Cincinnati Reds.
Some of the first things that Trevor Bauer talked about may be things that favor the Cincinnati Reds. He spoke about a “partnership” with the team he signs with. That was a little bit vague, so he dove into it. He noted that geography wasn’t really a factor, noting that big market, small market, east coast, or west coast – that wasn’t really much of a factor in where he was planning to sign. For the small market Reds, that’s a check mark in the right box. Bauer also said he wanted to be happy and noted that earlier in his career he hadn’t been. But that he had been lately, and while he didn’t note the Reds here, it seems safe to assume he was happy in Cincinnati given they are the most recent team he’s played for.
The next thing that was brought up was a chance to win the World Series. This one probably doesn’t play in favor of the Cincinnati Reds. While it’s certainly more likely in Cincinnati than say Pittsburgh, the Reds are nowhere near the favorites in the short-term future of the National League as things stand right now. But, they are at least a contender in the division and thus the playoffs. With that said, Bauer noted he didn’t want to go through a rebuild, and that he wants to be on a team that’s going for it.
So, are the Reds “going for it”? Well, their moves this offseason so far suggest that no, they are not. But, any team that is going to be signing Trevor Bauer certainly isn’t trying to not win, either. We don’t know – though we are all speculating quite a bit based on available information – if the Reds aren’t still trying to get something done as far as bringing Bauer back.
Another thing that was talked about, and something that plays in Cincinnati’s favor is pitching every 4th day. While it didn’t exactly happen with the Reds, Bauer noted he wants to at least be able to have that conversation with a team in an honest fashion. He notes that with the Reds they actually had those conversations and that there were times when the team seemed to come to him and say that there may be an opportunity coming up for it to happen – but that it just never did. This would seem to play in the favor of the Reds.
The last thing, and it’s a pretty important one, was money. While there weren’t any hard dollar figures spoken of in the video, Bauer noted that he wanted to be fairly compensated. What that means can vary quite a bit because the length of the deal matters a lot here. Fair for a two year contract is going to mean a lot more money per year than fair for a six year contract on a per year basis. In either scenario, though, this probably works against the Cincinnati Reds, who are – and again, we’re all just guessing here based on what we seem to know – not looking to spend big this year.
Is it likely that the Reds are a dark horse to bring back the 2020 National League Cy Young winner? No, it’s not likely. But if they are still in the running somehow, there are a few things that Trevor Bauer discussed on Sunday night that do favor Cincinnati.