Trevor Bauer has always been one of MLB's most analytical and outspoken players, but strictly in terms of performance, he hardly could have put up a stronger platform season (11 starts, NL-best 1.73 ERA, 100-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 73 innings) before his first foray into free agency. His stellar campaign was recognized with the NL Cy Young Award.
Below is a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the star pitcher, who turns 30 on Jan. 17. Bauer received the $18.9 million qualifying offer from the Reds and will be tied to Draft-pick compensation after declining it.
Sources: Blue Jays in contact with Bauer, other top free agents
After falling short in their pursuit of DJ LeMahieu, the Blue Jays remain in the hunt for a splashy acquisition and are still in contact with Bauer, George Springer and J.T. Realmuto, sources told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi.