16 Teams Polled On Trevor Bauer—Here's What They Said

Sixteen MLB team presidents and GMs were polled by the Los Angeles Times to gauge their thoughts on whether they, or any other team, would sign disgraced former Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer. 

The 32-year-old pitcher is free to sign with any team for the minimum $720,000 after his record 324-game suspension for violating baseball's sexual assault and domestic violence policy was reduced to 194 games, making him eligible to pitch in 2023. But will any team touch him? 

According to the results of the LA Times poll, 11 teams responded, and seven gave it a hard "NO". Two others were "probable no's" (“I doubt it,” one said, “We are probably out,” replied another), while one executive said “I’m not touching that topic.”

But those results don't seem to be unanimous. One GM said, in fact, “He’s so affordable, I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody does sign him and weathers the storm for spring training and the first two weeks of the season and then hopes it kind of dies down.

“Maybe it’s not spring training [that Bauer signs], maybe it’s May 1 or June 1, maybe it’s more strategically timed for a team to get out of spring training and avoid the early noise, but I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t play again.”

Bauer, for what it's worth, was a Cy Young winner in 2020, and has a career ERA of 3.79 over ten seasons, and he's struck out a minimum of 10 batters per nine innings over the last five years that he played. He hasn't taken the mound since June of 2021. 

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