Blue Jays rumours: Why the Interest in Trevor Bauer?
Free-agent hurler Trevor Bauer would immediately make the Toronto Blue Jays a legitimate contender.
With the Toronto Blue Jays seemingly have taken a step forward in their rebuilding process, the front office is looking for ways to strengthen the team and make it even better. An area the team can make additions to is the rotation. One name that would make a huge impact on the Jays rotation and roster is Trevor Bauer.
Bauer is coming off winning the NL Cy Young award where he posted a 1.73 ERA with 100 strikeouts over 41 hits given up in 73 innings pitched for an opponent average of .159 across 11 starts.
Pitchers of Bauer’s caliber often don’t hit the open market which will make him a coveted name among major league teams. Any team that he signs with, he would immediately slot into the top of the rotation and would most likely be that team’s ace.
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In the Blue Jays rotation, Bauer would be at the top and starting Opening Day. While the Blue Jays signed an ace last offseason in Hyun Jin Ryu, Bauer is better. While both can prevent runs from scoring, Bauer has a lot more swing and miss stuff which gives him the edge.
If the Jays brought the reigning NL Cy Young winner into the fold, they would have a very strong top of the rotation in Bauer and Ryu with emerging ace Nate Pearson behind them.
While the team is loaded with potential impact pitching prospects in the likes of Alek Manoah, Adam Kloffenstein, and Simeon Woods Richardson, there’s also always the possibility that they don’t live up to their potential. Bringing in an established pitcher like Bauer would ease the pressure on these young pitchers to make an immediate impact right away.
For a team to win a World Series, which the Jays organization has its sights set on in the very near future, you need an all-around good team which includes having multiple impact starters.
Signing Bauer to a contract upwards of three years would help the Jays get closer to World Series contention and turning the team into a dynasty.