Trevor Bauer was recently released by the Los Angeles Dodgers and is now a free agent. While many teams are shying away from bringing the former Cy Young Award-winner onboard, the latest Reds rumors suggest that Cincinnati may be a landing spot for Bauer.
The MLB Insider and New York Post columnist Jon Heyman listed the New York Mets and New York Yankees among those teams who are not interested in signing Bauer. The San Diego Padres are also out on the right-hander.
But, the Cincinnati Reds have been mentioned as a possible destination for Bauer. The right-hander pitched for Cincinnati during the second-half of the 2019 season and won the Cy Young Award with the Redlegs during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
Latest Reds rumors suggest Cincinnati as a possible destination for Trevor Bauer.
These latest Reds rumors are, of course, based purely on speculation and hearsay. No one within the Cincinnati Reds organization has given Trevor Bauer a vote of confidence, and many within the industry question whether or not he'll even find his way to a Major League Baseball field in 2023, if ever.
According to one baseball executive, via the New York Post, any team that signs Bauer would have to "be on another planet". However, the New York Post also mentions the Reds as a possible destination for a few reasons:
"He is said to have behaved well while a Cincinnati Red, and some of their people like him so there’s outside speculation about them, but that remains unconfirmed and one person thought not especially likely."- New York Post
There is a lot of baggage (which we won't get into here) that will come should any team choose to sign Trevor Bauer to a contract. However, with the Los Angeles Dodgers on the hook for the remainder of his contract, the actually price to bring him aboard would be very minimal in terms of salary.
The Cincinnati Reds have been in the market all winter for a veteran starting pitcher. Will they take the opportunity to bring Trevor Bauer back to the Queen City? There's every reason to believe that, at the very least, it's a possibility.