Trevor Bauer downplays tension with Gerrit Cole amid Yankees’ interest
Newly named NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer unsurprisingly will be one of the most sought-after players in free agency this offseason.
With the frenzy surrounding the ace set to ramp up, Bauer downplayed a purported feud with a former college teammate that conceivably may take one big-name team out of the running.
There of course will be no shortage of suitors in the impending Bauer sweepstakes, and among the teams that are expected to be players are the Mets and Yankees.
Bauer’s flirtation’s with the Mets, highlighted by president Sandy Alderson saying the pitcher “would be a great personality” for the Big Apple, has been front-page news. The Yankees’ interest, however, hasn’t been generating as many headlines thus far.
That’s not to say the Yankees won’t get involved in the run at Bauer, as the team at least makes some noise when it comes to the most highly coveted free agents. What may possibly hamper their pursuit, however, is the speculated friction between Bauer and Yankees ace Gerrit Cole going back to their days as UCLA teammates.
Bauer, for what it’s worth, downplayed any notion that the two remain feuding, instead saying any issues between the two are in the past.
“We don’t have much of a relationship,’’ Bauer said, per the New York Post. “I would say he lives his life and I live mine. We don’t cross paths a whole lot. It’s certainly not the hate-filled relationship many people in the media believe it is or try to make it out to be.
“… We had our differences in college, but that was nine or 10 years ago. I’m a different person now than I was then. I’m sure the same is true for him. At the end of the day, I want to win. I hate losing. It drives me nuts. It was pretty evident from watching him pitch and watching his performances in the postseason and how into it he is, that he feels the same way.”
Regardless of the current state of the relationship between the two aces, Bauer most certainly will have his pick of teams in free agency, including the Yankees, after positioning himself for a big-money deal.
Along with the Cy Young nod, Bauer posted an MLB-best 1.73 ERA across 11 starts in the abbreviated 60-game season for the Reds.