Bauer’s desperate appeal: “Take me to the lowest annual salary, I don’t need hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Will the winner of the Major League Baseball’s Cy Young Award collapse this much? Trevor Bauer, 33, is enjoying a cold winter. He is now appealing for the minimum salary.

Bauer promoted himself on his SNS on the 8th (Korea Standard Time), saying, “If you don’t want to bring Ace resources in return for multi-year contracts, hundreds of millions of dollars, and elite prospects, you can take me to the lowest salary.”

Currently, Bauer is a free agent. Having failed to renew his contract with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of the Japanese professional baseball league where he played last year, Bauer is seeking to join his team. Bauer is posting videos of his personal training sessions on his social media, and is promoting his own promotion.

Bauer mentioned Blake Snell, 32, the pitcher’s biggest fish in the market. Snell, who made his debut with Tampa Bay in 2016, pitched in 191 games during his eight seasons in the big league, winning 71-55 with a 3.20 ERA. He struck out 1,223 in 992 ⅔ innings (11.1 strikeouts per nine innings), showing off his powerful pitching.

In particular, Snell became the winner of the Cy Young Award in the two major leagues, with only seven players in the history of the Major League last year. Having already won the Cy Young Award in the American League when he was a Tampa Bay player in 2018, Snell had 14 wins and nine losses with an ERA of 2.25, striking out 234 over 180 innings for the San Diego Padres last season. Snell was on par with the two previous winners Gailod Perry, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Roy Halladay and Max Scherzer.

Blake Snell. /AFPBBNews=News1
There is no room for disagreement over Snell’s capability. However, concerns are raised over his durability, as he has played in only two innings (162 innings) since his debut in the big league. According to USA Today, a U.S. media outlet, he wants a contract worth at least 240 million U.S. dollars. A team with solid finances can be a burden considering how well it can handle innings.마카오토토주소

Bauer is appealing to himself. “Snell will win hundreds of millions of dollars in multi-year contracts. He is worth it,” he said. “Any team that doesn’t want to pay a big price for Cy Young Award winner can recruit me for a minimum salary.” The minimum salary for Major League players this year is 700,000 dollars.

“The extra money you have to pay to add to the roster is zero. It could be an option for a team that wants to win but doesn’t want to make a big investment,” Bauer said.

Bauer, who had been known as a genius pitcher since his college days, was drafted by Arizona as the third overall pick in the first round in the Major League Rookie of the Year draft in 2011. There were only two players in front of him, Gerrit Cole (nominated by Pittsburgh) and Danny Hultzen (nominated by Seattle). After a short spell in the Minor League, he made his Major League debut in 2012, and moved to Cleveland through triangular trade with Cincinnati and Cleveland after the end of the season. This trade was also known to Korean fans as Choo Shin-soo (SSG) moved to Cincinnati.

Bauer, who has been a full-time starter since 2014, played 190 innings in 2016, leading his team to the World Series with 12 wins and 8 losses and a 4.26 ERA. The following year, he won 17 games, a career-high win, and posted an excellent record of 12 wins and 6 losses with a 2.21 ERA in the 2018 season, and ranked sixth in the Cy Young Award voting along with his first All-Star selection.

Bauer, who transferred to Cincinnati through another triangular trade in 2019, has his best season here. In 2020, which was a shortened 60-game season due to COVID-19, he appeared in 11 games and posted 5 wins, 4 losses, and an ERA of 1.73. He showed off his powerful pitching by striking out 100 in 73 innings. In the end, he won the honor by taking 27 of the 30 first-place votes in the National League Cy Young Award.

As a result, much attention was paid to Bauer, who became an FA, and eventually signed a three-year, 120-million-dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Through June, Bauer seemed to have a successful season with eight wins and five losses with an ERA of 2.59.

However, Bauer’s career began to falter when allegations of sexual violence surfaced during the season. Women who claimed that they were innocent continued to emerge, and the MLB Secretariat suspended Bauer for 324 games in April last year. Bauer appealed immediately and the suspension was eased to 194 games in December last year. However, Dodgers released Bauer and the remaining 29 teams did not recruit him.

Image of welcoming Trevor Bauer to join the team released by Yokohama club./Photo = Yokohama official SNS
In the end, Bauer showed a shocking move to sign with NPB Yokohama. It is the first time in 61 years that a player with Cy Young Award has joined the NPB team since the 1956 winner Don Newcombe (died in 2019) joined the Chunichi Dragons in 1962. Unlike Newcombe, who was in his mid-30s when he moved to Japan, Bauer was even more shocking because he was in his early 30s.

Bauer had a hard time due to injury in Japan and also had difficulties adapting to the sport in the early days. However, he soon proved himself. He pitched in 19 games until he was out for the season due to injury in late August, and posted 10 wins and four losses, an earned run average of 2.76 and 130 strikeouts and 31 walks in 130 ⅔ innings.

However, Bauer failed to renew his contract due to high ransom, and to make matters worse, he was criticized for leaving a message that seemed to support the release of U.S. troops in Japan who were killed in a car accident. Bauer issued an apology and bowed his head, but failed to sign a contract with the Japanese team in the end.

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