Free agent Twitter user Trevor Bauer has continued to make waves online this week, as details have emerged about his reported asking price entering the 2021 season. Bauer, a seasoned social media veteran that occasionally throws a ball well, is looking for a contract in the range of $200 million over five to six years.
Instead of tactfully discussing contract matters with team executives behind closed doors, Bauer has instead taken to Twitter to broadcast every single thought about his free agency experience.
“Yeah, sure he won a Cy Young in a shortened season with overwhelming batted ball luck, but really we’re making an offer so we can stop having him tag our social media accounts every five seconds,” said one MLB executive.
Indeed, Bauer has kept social media managers busy, with a constant barrage of hard-hitting tweets:
“At least if we sign Bauer, hopefully it’ll keep him from harassing our own fans on Twitter,” said another executive. “Really, it’s just a move to protect our own fanbase online.”
Bauer notably complained about “character assassination” in reference to his arbitration hearing with Cleveland in 2019, where his history of Twitter harassment was allegedly used in the case against him. Even still, the “smartest pitcher in baseball” has continued to troll fans, reporters, and teams alike while vying for potentially the biggest paycheck of his career.
And despite the controversy, his social media onslaught may actually have some general managers looking in his direction this winter.
“Honestly, we know it’s an overpay, but we’re just tired of hearing him tweet. Maybe we can sneak a “no social media” clause into his contract without him noticing,” said an unidentified member of the Blue Jays front office.
One thing is for certain, at some point a team will have to bite the bullet and sign the pitcher, thereby saving the rest of the league from further tweets. And if not MLB, could a professional team in Korea or Japan make an offer? We asked a few teams from the KBO and NPB about whether they’d consider signing Bauer:
“We’re good,” said Lotte Giants (KBO) general manager Sung Min-kyu.
“We don’t want him over here either,” said a representative for the Nippon-Ham Fighters (NPB) through an interpreter.
Okay, so maybe not.
“The one positive to all of this is that no matter where he goes, Bauer is getting shot in the crotch if he signs for longer than a year,” said one exasperated Twitter user, in reference to a bet the pitcher made with a friend prior to his professional debut.
In response to the rampant criticism of his online activity, Bauer has announced he is launching his “More Than An Asshole” campaign, to draw awareness to the persecution of Twitter trolls everywhere.