After serving a 194-game suspension, Trevor Bauer was reinstated and is currently a free agent. The Cincinnati Reds were thought to be a possible landing spot for the former Cy Young Award-winner.
But, according to a source via the Cincinnati Enquirer's Bobby Nightengale, the Reds are not interested in a reunion with Bauer in 2023.
According to Reds GM Nick Krall, the roster in pretty much set. That means that the battle for the final two spots in Cincinnati's starting rotation will come down to the players currently on the 40-man roster or those pitchers who received an invite to spring training.
Reds are reportedly not interested in reunion with Trevor Bauer.
It always seemed like a long shot that Cincinnati would even entertain the idea of reuniting with Trevor Bauer. The Reds are squarely in the middle of a rebuild and the club seems more focused on developing its young talent rather than adding a veteran pitcher with a questionable off-the-field past.
The club added Luke Weaver to a one-year contract last week, and with the trio of Luis Cessa, Connor Overton, and Justin Dunn, the Reds have more than enough arms who'll be competing for a spot in the rotation.
There's also the duo of Brandon Williamson and Levi Stoudt, both of whom finished last season at Triple-A Louisville. While the two former Seattle prospects may well begin their 2023 campaign back in the Derby City, it won't be long before Williamson and Stoudt make their big league debuts.
There are some folks throughout the industry who believe that Trevor Bauer will remain unemployed throughout the entire 2023 season. That seems a bit unlikely once contending teams lose a starter for a long period of time due to injury or a rebuilding team sees Bauer as a potential trade chip.
It won't be an easy sell for many major league owners, but eventually there's bound to be a team who's tempted to bring Bauer onboard for the meager price of $720,000. But, it would seem that the Cincinnati Reds will not be part of that conversation.