Cincinnati Reds: Three landing spots for Trevor Bauer

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 23, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 23, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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Trevor Bauer may be the most intriguing free agent in the market. Let’s take a look at three possible destinations for the Cincinnati Reds pitcher.

Trevor Bauer may be the most unpredictable free agent available. The Cincinnati Reds starter had stated his desire to pitch on a series of one year deals until he retired, looking to maximize his earning potential while betting on himself and looking for the best fits.

However, he has backed off of that stance lately, indicating that he could be willing to sign a multi-year deal if the situation is right. That would presumably mean that he would be looking to go to a team that would allow him to be himself, as well as finding a contender that has a strong grasp on analytics and pitching technology.

In doing so, Bauer essentially made himself a target for virtually any team, aside from the Houston Astros. His constant trolling of the team, and outrage over their cheating scandal, has eliminated them from consideration. But that does not mean that Bauer will be hurt in free agency.

If Bauer does leave the Cincinnati Reds, he could end up virtually anywhere. Let’s look at the top three landing spots.

Atlanta Braves

Should Trevor Bauer hold firm to his previously stated desire to play on a series of one year deals, the Atlanta Braves could be the perfect fit.

The Braves have displayed a willingness to make a large splash on one year deals over the past few seasons, signing Josh Donaldson and Marcell Ozuna. Bauer would cost more than either player on a one year deal, but could have an even greater impact upon the Braves.

The biggest issue facing Atlanta during the postseason was their lack of a true ace. Mike Soroka found himself on the Injured List after just three starts, and Cole Hamels made just one appearance. Even with Soroka’s return, the Braves could use another top of the rotation starter as they look to take that next step forward.

Enter Bauer. Despite some inconsistencies in his career, he is easily the best pitcher on the market. He does carry some risk due to his roller coaster track record, but there is no denying the potential if Bauer is right. Adding him to an already intriguing rotation would make the Braves the favorites in the NL East, and a true World Series contender.

If Trevor Bauer is looking to sign a one year deal, the Atlanta Braves could make a lot of sense. Their willingness to sign those expensive one year deals makes them a favorite for his services.