Free Agent Target: Trevor Bauer

With Christmas just a few days away, could Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson, Jared Porter and the Mets be planning another major signing? I mean, if you’re signing a player close to the holidays, why not announce the deal on Christmas??

While Trevor Bauer has caught a lot of criticism for only having one dominant season under his belt, recently fans within the Mets community seem to be mad about a recent video that’s been circulating.

Baseball Doesn’t Exist on YouTube, has put out a great video in which they explain how Bauer might’ve been able to turn his career around in such a short span. (Spoiler, they label Bauer a Cheater so click the link above to find out more)

In 2020, Bauer struck out exactly 100 batters in 73.0 innings pitched while posting a 1.73 ERA. What’s interesting is that Bauer cut down his usage of his change up drastically from 7.6% in 2019 all the down to 0.3% during the 2020 campaign.

The biggest difference in Bauer’s arsenal has been his curveball, his Whiff% in 2019 was sitting at 32.1% however has taken a jump up to 38.5% in 2020, when using his curve.

Rotochamp has Bauer going 13-8 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, while striking out 228 in 190 innings pitched. While these projections aren’t bad, they’re far from worth costing $25M-$30M per year on a long term contract.

But with Bauer “experimenting” on his curveball more often, those projections could be on the lighter side. I’d imagine they’d also look a lot better in the spacious confines of Citi Field.

Photo from El Fildeo

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