“Only choice is SoftBank, can’t beat the money game” SaiYoung ace resurrected in Japan, where will he go next year?
Interest in Yokohama DeNA BayStars Trevor Bauer (32) is heating up for next season.
Japanese media outlet J-Cast reported on the 24th that “Bauer’s destination is attracting attention. Before coming to Japan, there were many skeptics about his performance, but the Cy Young Award-winning right-hander’s skills are real. His fastball sits in the mid-150 kilometers per hour and his changeup has good power. He has plenty of stamina and is competitive, pitching on four days’ rest in the heat of the day,” he said of Bauer’s season.
In 222 career major league games (1297⅔ innings), Bauer is 83-69 with a 3.79 ERA, winning the National League Cy Young Award in 2020. He signed a three-year, $120 million contract with the Dodgers for the 2021 season, but was suspended for 324 games (later reduced to 194) after sexual assault allegations surfaced in June 2021, and was released by the Dodgers in January of this year, 카지노사이트킴 effectively ending his Major League career.
After failing to find a team last year, Bauer made his way to Nippon Professional Baseball this year, signing a one-year, $3 million contract with Yokohama. He struggled a bit early in the season and was demoted to the second team, but rebounded to finish his debut season in Japan with a 10-4 record and 2.76 ERA in 19 games (130⅔ innings). However, a season-ending injury kept him out of the postseason.
Now that his contract with Yokohama is up, Bauer is already receiving offers from several Japanese clubs. Japanese media outlets have reported that Bauer will be moving to the Pacific League, which has a designated hitter system. SoftBank, a member of the Pacific League and one of Japan’s deepest pockets, has emerged as the most likely destination.
J-Cast reported, “Bauer reconciled with the woman who accused him of sexual assault in early October. His chances of returning to the major leagues have increased. However, he likes living in Japan and may play in Japan next year. A source close to the team said, ‘If he wants to play in Japan, Softbank is the only option. We can’t win the money game,'” said an insider, who predicted Bauer’s move to SoftBank.
However, after Yokohama lost to Hiroshima in the first stage of the Climax Series, Bauer said on his YouTube channel on April 22, “There are many reports that I want to sign with a team that has a designated hitter system. I don’t remember saying that,” he said, denying the SoftBank rumors. “What will happen in the future, I don’t know yet,” he added.