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Jon Heyman of MLB Network reprots free agent RHP Trevor Bauer is seeking a five or six years deal for $36 million to $40 million per season.
Heyman adds that the market is slow, which is understandable as many organizations have had to cut costs this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The record AAV for a starting pitcher was set by Bauer's "rival" Gerrit Cole at $36 million last offseason.
Trevor Bauer is too expensive for the Reds and "will be pitching elsewhere next year," per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
This shouldn't come as a surprise as the Reds appear to be rebuilding a bit after non-tendering and trading away some pieces this offseason. They did make an effort to try and keep Bauer around with a qualifying offer back in November but they've been ruled out of the sweepstakes. The reigning NL Cy Young award winner stands to make a lot of money next season, wherever he ends up. Due to the QO they issued, Cincinnati will receive a draft pick once he signs with another team.
Trevor Bauer was named the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday.
Bauer took home 27 first place votes to edge out fellow finalists Yu Darvish and Jacob deGrom. The 29-year old finished the season with a phenomenal 1.73 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and a 100:17 K/BB ratio across 73 innings. Bauer is the first Reds' player to ever win the award. He will fetch a hefty multi-year contract this offseason after rejecting his qualifying offer earlier this month.
Free agent RHP Trevor Bauer rejected the Reds' $18.9 million qualifying offer.
Bauer's agent, Rachel Luba, tweeted the news from her personal Twitter account. Bauer was always expected to decline the qualifying offer as he enters free agency fresh off of a possible Cy Young winning campaign. The Reds will now receive draft pick compensation should Bauer sign elsewhere.
Trevor Bauer was extended a $18.9 million qualifying offer by the Cincinnati Reds.
There is virtually no chance Bauer will accept the offer as he's coming off of a Cy Young worthy 2020 when he registered a 1.73 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and a 100:17 K/BB ratio across 73 innings (11 starts). The 29-year old is due for a massive pay day this winter.