Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall hasn’t ruled out trying to sign Trevor Bauer, but there hasn’t been much movement between the top pitcher on the free-agent market and his former team.
“We haven’t really had substantial conversations with where we are this offseason,” Krall said Wednesday on 700-WLW’s “Hot Stove League” show. “Who knows? Anything could happen. I wouldn’t rule anything out. It just depends on what Trevor wants to do and where he wants to go.”
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The Reds are considered longshots to sign Bauer this winter. They are one of the many teams expected to reduce their payroll and, despite knowing how much he can benefit their rotation, they’d likely have to unload some salary before they’d consider making Bauer a competitive offer.
Bauer is far and away the top pitcher available in free agency and he should receive a lot of interest. The Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays are viewed as some of the most motivated teams.
With the high likelihood that Bauer signs elsewhere, the Reds have sought alternative options for their rotation. That was one of the reasons they traded for Jeff Hoffman on Wednesday, a pitcher who moved to the bullpen in 2020 because he was out of minor-league options, but he’s been a starter throughout his career.
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