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LA Angels: 3 reasons to pass on top free agent Trevor Bauer

GOODYEAR, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 19: Trevor Bauer #27 poses during Cincinnati Reds Photo Day on February 19, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
GOODYEAR, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 19: Trevor Bauer #27 poses during Cincinnati Reds Photo Day on February 19, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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GOODYEAR, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 19: Trevor Bauer #27 poses during Cincinnati Reds Photo Day on February 19, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
GOODYEAR, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 19: Trevor Bauer #27 poses during Cincinnati Reds Photo Day on February 19, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Personality

Bauer is one of the most outspoken players in the league, but his wild personality may not be a great clubhouse fit for a team like the Angels. Bauer is a very controversial player because of his social media persona, attitude, and has been targeted by fans for how he handles himself on and off the field.

In his 2019 season, Bauer received heavy criticism for launching a baseball over the centerfield wall after being pulled by his manager Terry Francona. Bauer was involved in a careless drone accident during the 2016 ALCS that ultimately led to being pulled in the first inning of Game 3 because of his injury. He’s been in Twitter quarrels. It’s not a great look for him and his future employer.

Will Bauer’s reckless missteps and concerns about his personality get in the way of signing him? Possibly. His outspokenness and expression of opinion probably won’t stop, but it’s something to definitely consider because Bauer has shown this trait could lead to condemnation and consequences any team doesn’t want to bear. The Angels would want Bauer to lead by example and uphold a positive image, but his current image is somewhat contentious, which is why the Angels should stay away from a personality like Bauer. The trade and free agent market presents a multitude of options that could very well supply the same amount of value as Bauer going forward without the character.

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