Free agent pitcher Trevor Bauer took to his YouTube channel last night to shed some light on what factors will impact his decision and it may bode well for the Blue Jays.
The 29-year old felt it was important for fans to hear from the horses mouth what exactly will impact his free agent decision. There has been a ton of speculation and even a rumour that he was seeking upwards of $40 million per season.
After viewing the 14-miniute video, it became clearly evident that the Blue Jays check off most if not all his boxes and perhaps their phone interview on New Years Day has some legitimacy to it. Bauer is unique unlike any other player in his training regime and data collection, this guy is a smart dude who can throw a baseball.
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First and foremost Bauer is looking for a partnership, a give and take relationship, one where he could provide feedback and input into the baseball decisions that affect him on the day to day.
The hurler put an emphasis on being happy on and off field and having the freedom to grow his brand. Bauer confided that in the past he has not been happy on certain teams and he has no interest in revisiting those feelings.
Understandably, he has a passion to win and not just for a couple of seasons, he wants to play for a team that is going to compete and do everything in their power to get power every season. Bauer confesses that his career is too short to play for a team interested in rebuilding.
He wants to play for a front office that is open to having a discussion about his desire to pitch every 4th day and be open enough to analyze his data and trends that support his case.
Money is obviously a factor but it is more so he can do the things that make him happy. Bauer has a passion for his brand “Momentum” and also would like to assist players in their business venture while connecting with fans and growing the brand of baseball. He admits he wants to be fairly compensated for his value but again it is a partnership.
He stated that all the factors were equal in weight and that no one factor was more important. Bauer admitted that geography and the size of the market are non-factors in his decision making process.
It was an informative video on Bauer’s eventual path to a decision, one that could definitely work in the Blue Jays favour if they are open to a partnership that fosters collaboration and feedback.