Blue Jays: Randal Grichuk encourages free agent to sign in Toronto
It would appear that Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk is on the “Bring Trevor Bauer to Canada” bandwagon following a tweet to the pending free agent.
Randal Grichuk sent the Twitter world into a frenzy earlier today when the Blue Jays outfielder tweeted Trevor Bauer encouraging the pitcher to come north of the border. Grichuk reassured Bauer that the fans would love him and that he should spend a few years in Toronto to see all the words they spell differently in Canada.
Bauer obviously doesn’t forget the bashing he took from the Blue Jays faithful following the drone incident of 2016. The former Indians hurler was public enemy number one on social media following the playoff incident versus Toronto.
Trevor Rosenthal chimed in on the conversation thread and Grichuk kindly extended the invite for both Trevor’s to come to Canada. Rosenthal replied “Let’s Go” and is presumably the more realistic target than Bauer unfortunately. The 30-year old who is also a free agent channeled his former self this past season putting up a 1.90 earned run average in 23 games with Kansas City and San Diego.
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Bauer is the top starting pitcher in a very thin free-agent market, however, the hurler has openly stated he only plans on signing one-year deals from here on out. That may not be the best course of action this offseason seeing he could command a very hefty multi-year deal and is the odds on favourite to win the Cy Young award in the National League.
Bauer earned $17.5 million this past season while posting an impressive 1.73 earned run average in 11 starts for the Cincinnati Reds this season. The 29-year old pitcher would instantly make the Blue Jays rotation one for the ages coupled with Hyun Jin Ryu.
Time will tell where he lands but hopefully, Grichuk can sway his decision to temporarily trade in his American roots for some maple syrup and poutine. I mean, who doesn’t like bagged milk and all-dressed chips. Right.