“Blake Snell is going to get hundreds of millions of dollars on multi-year contracts. And he should be, and he deserves it. For a team that doesn’t want to invest hundreds of millions of dollars over multiple years in Cy Young Award winners, sign me with the lowest salary in the MLB,” Bauer said on his social media on Sunday. “Another option for teams that want to win, but don’t want to spend a lot of money.”
Bauer started his professional career in 2011 after being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the third overall pick in the first round of Major League Rookie Draft. Bauer, who was a college graduate, took the big league stage in 2012 as if he had an “immediate sense of power,” and pitched in four games and left a record of 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA. Then, the following year, he moved to the Cleveland Indians (now the Guardians) and began blooming in earnest.
Bauer pitched in four games in his first season, going 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA, but he played in 26 games (153 innings) since the 2014 season, playing in a full-time starting rotation and posting 5-8 losses with a 4.18 ERA. And he exploded his potential in 2015 by posting 11 wins and 12 losses with a 4.55 ERA in 31 games (30 starts). Since then, Bauer has been on a roll.
Bauer also won 12 games (eight losses) with a 4.26 ERA in the 2016 season, and swept as many as 17 wins in 2017. In particular, Bauer changed his uniform to the Cincinnati Reds during the 2019 season, winning the National League Cy Young Award in 11 games (two shutouts) in the 2020 season, when the shortened season was held due to COVID-19. Bauer, who peaked his career, even signed a three-year, $102 million (about 136 billion won) contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers that winter.
However, Bauer’s big league career was completely cut off after the 2021 season. While playing in 17 games for the Dodgers, he was embroiled in a suspicion of sexual assault. The MLB Secretariat can impose disciplinary action on sexual crimes only by “charges,” but Bauer was suspended from 324 games. After complaining of unfairness, Bauer reduced his disciplinary action to 194 games after fighting against the Secretariat, but this time the Dodgers decided to terminate Bauer’s contract.
Eventually, Bauer, who lost his place in the Major League Baseball, turned to the Asian stage and took the hand of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan. Bauer had fallen short of expectations due to injuries and sluggishness from the beginning of the season, but he began to regain his skills little by little and finished the season with a brilliant 10-4 record with a 2.76 ERA in 19 games. As a result, multiple Japanese clubs, including Yokohama DeNA, began scrambling to recruit Bauer, who qualified as an FA.
Bauer hinted at the possibility of returning to Japan, but Bauer’s foremost goal was to return to the Major League. Currently, Bauer continues to appeal himself by lowering his ransom to the lowest annual salary in the Major League ($740,000) on social media, but no club has appeared hoping to recruit him. Although Bauer was acquitted for lack of evidence, it can be seen that big league clubs’ views toward Bauer are still not favorable. In particular, the St. Louis Cardinals have even drawn Bauer’s attention.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said on Sunday that St. Louis is not interested in Trevor Bauer. Once again, it is the right choice,” expressing negative view of Bauer’s move to St. Louis. The media said that there is little chance that St. Louis will recruit Bauer. “No one has asked or will ask about Bauer’s recruitment,” adding that Bauer was not held responsible, especially as the media had to report Bauer’s alleged sexual assault several times.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch added, “It’s very tempting to pay a small fee to a past Cy Young Award winner. And Bauer also mentioned St. Louis. But don’t think Bauer will play for St. Louis. Bauer and his supporters would be better off chasing teams other than St. Louis.”
He is even promoting himself with the “lowest salary”, but his view of Bauer is still not good. Will Bauer be able to return to the Major League stage? First of all, some teams are interested in Bauer in terms of the minimum salary.