Right-handed ace Trevor Bauer has been the No. 1 free agent on the market since it opened almost two months ago, though not much has been said about the type of contract he’s seeking. Now, though, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets that teams interested in Bauer “suggest” he’s looking for a five- to six-year accord worth $36MM to $40MM per season.
The always outspoken Bauer unsurprisingly chimed in, replying to Heyman (on Twitter): “I’m learning so much about my free agency from your tweets!” While Bauer and agent Rachel Luba may hope to control the flow of information regarding the 2020 NL Cy Young winner’s free agency, that may prove impossible given the number of team employees privy to conversations.
At the end of the day, the matter of Bauer’s asking price was largely sidestepped. And setting aside the pointed exchange between the involved parties, that’s par for the course for any player/agent combo when reports on asking price surface. It’s not in the best interest of Bauer or Luba to tip their hand one way or another regarding contractual expectations. Luba has declined to do so in previous appearances on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, as one would expect. Nothing about this, save for the social media finger-pointing, is atypical.