Trevor Bauer spent one year and two months as a member of the Cincinnati Reds before he entered free agency.
He gave the Reds their first-ever Cy Young Award winner. He was a big reason why they made the postseason for the first time in seven years. His teammates raved about his competitiveness and his ability to teach.
The Reds are considered longshots to sign Bauer, far and away the best pitcher on the free-agent market this winter. It’s hard to see them winning a bidding war against some of the teams that will likely be interested in signing him.
Bauer, however, hasn’t ruled out returning to Cincinnati after rejecting their one-year, $19.8 million qualifying offer.
“It’s been a very good relationship and hopefully it continues,” Bauer said. “I’d love to be back and to see my guys, to see Curt (Casali), to see Tucker (Barnhart) on a daily basis. To see Sonny (Gray), to see Michael Lorenzen, to see Lucas Sims, I could name a bunch of different people, obviously. I feel at home. I feel very much at home.”
As strange as things were this season with the coronavirus restrictions – and the Reds’ up-and-down play – Bauer said it was a lot of fun.
“The first half of the season for us was very frustrating,” Bauer said. “While I was having fun personally, we were losing more games than we should have and that was very frustrating.…