Trevor Bauer already had a National League-best 1.73 ERA to pretend he hits free agency. Now he also has an NL Sai Young Award, along with which the Reds do, for the first time in franchise history.
And although the 29-year-old said Wednesday night after receiving the award that he didn’t give much thought to free agency, there are plenty of others – including the Mets’ new front office.
Team president Sandy Alderson said he felt Bauer “would be a great personality in New York.” [He’s] Like the man who would support the fans. We are in the entertainment business. “
Those comments made during Tuesday’s interview with WFAN echoed with Bauer, who is known for his vocal personality and clarity on Twitter.
“It was refreshing to hear him speaking about me that way,” Bauer said. “I think in the past, a lot of the narrative around me is that I couldn’t handle a big media market,” [that] I was a head case. To listen to someone as high-class, because the way Sandy feels about her is refreshing. “
Bauer declined the Reds’ $ 18.9 million qualifying offer and said he has spoken to some teams since he hit free agency, the first pitcher to win Cy Young since freeing since Roger Clemens in 2004. hit. He added his agent Rachya Luba. There were no signs of a depressed market in view of the teams facing financial problems related to COVID.
He is the first Reds pitcher to win the award – first awarded in 1956. Except for Young winner the only other clubs are the Rangers, the Marlins and the Rockies – although the latter two did not start playing until 1993.
Bauer acknowledged that playing in a larger market could appeal to them, and both the Mets and Yankees could use them in their respective rotations, although it remains to be seen whether the Mets are free agency under new owners Steve Cohen and Yanks Can see how. To live under the $ 210 million luxury-tax limit.
Another possible route with Bauer and Yankee is the presence of Gerrit Cole, Bauer’s former teammate at UCLA. The two have had a difficult history together, though Bauer said that was behind them.
“We don’t have a lot of relationships,” Bauer said. “I would say that he lives his life and I live my life. We don’t cross a whole path. It’s certainly not a hateful relationship, many in the media believe it is or Try to make it. … We had differences in our college, but that was nine or 10 years ago. I’m a different person now than I was then. I’m sure the same is true for him. At the end of the day , I want to win. I hate losing. It drives me crazy. It was clear from him watching the pitch and watching his performance at Postson and how it happens that he feels the same way. “
Cole completed the first year in nine years, a $ 324 million deal he signed last December.
“If he is given a chance to do that and play with him again, I will be more and more open to it,” Bauer said. “I want to win. I want to be happy doing this. I don’t think there’s anything between us, at least on my end. I can’t speak for Jerit.”
Bauer received 27 first place out of 30, with the other three going to the Cubs’ U Darvesh. The Mets’ Jacob DeGrom, who won the last two NL Sai Youngs, finished third.
Indian ace Shane Bieber was the unanimous winner of the AL Award. He went 8–1 with 1.63 ERA and 122 strikes in 77 ₃ / during innings during the pandemic season, leading the ERA and Major in strikeouts, and tied Darvesh for the most wins.
Twin right-handed Kenta Maida was second in the AL voting, followed by Blue Jace left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu.