Let the Trevor Bauer bid begin.
The right-handed turned down Cincinnati’s qualifying offer on Wednesday and became a free-man and will be one of the most sought-after throwers this season.
Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, announced Bauer’s intentions on Twitter, saying, “Why wait for the QO to expire to be clear… [Bauer] rejected QO, but not the Reds [and] he looks forward to talking to them [and] all other interest groups [through] free agent. “
That could include the Yankees and the Mets.
Players who have received qualifying offers – among them Yankees DJ LeMahieu and Mets’s Marcus Stroman – must accept the offer until November 11, worth $ 18.9 million this year. .
Bauer turned down the expected offer, with the 29-year-old being seen as the lead to the NL Cy Young Award after a best season in his career.
While the Mets are certainly hoping to add to their spin with Jacob deGrom and not much else as Noah Syndergaard recovers from Tommy John surgery, the Yankees are also in need of reinforcements, with Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and JA Happ All free agents, leave. a little behind Gerrit Cole.
With the Yankees reportedly trying to stay below the $ 210 million luxury goods tax threshold, they may not be the main players in Bauer’s sweepstakes.
Bauer also has a bitter history with Cole, his former teammate at UCLA. They didn’t get along at college and Bauer implied that Cole and the other pitchers used the strange substance to increase spin rates while pitching the scandalized Astros.
Bauer has since said that he has no problems with Cole now and praised him on Twitter in post-season, when Cole threw very well in defeat in three days off against Rays in Game 5’s. ALDS.
“The props for that show,” wrote Bauer. “Anyone willing to take a short break to get their team back and try to win the playoff must win with my respect.”
Regardless of the Yankees’ concerns, Bauer could also help bring the market into this extraordinary season, with the sport dealing with the effects of the COVID epidemic’s economic slowdown and unknown when revenue will come. recoverable.
If they decide not to take Bauer seriously, Tanaka is a good candidate to return to The Bronx. Another potential target, Kevin Gausman, also received a qualifying offer from the Giant and it is likely he will take it.
However, they decide to get it, the Yankees will seek more depth behind Cole and inexperienced greats like Jordan Montgomery, Deivi Garcia, Clarke Schmidt and perhaps Domingo German, who are about to be suspended for committing MLB’s domestic violence protocol in 2019. Luis Severino, like Syndergaard, is expected to return after elbow surgery during the season.