No. 1 free agent the LA Angels should definitely pass on: Trevor Bauer
Trevor Bauer is currently under investigation for sexual assault, and the LA Angels do not want this problem on their hands. We just dealt with having to terminate Mickey Callaway for sexual misconduct. The last thing we need to do is sign another disturbed person to our team.
What if we sign Bauer, and then he gets proven guilty and ends up in prison? Well, there goes a massive blow to our money situation. Bauer is going to cost a lot this offseason.
He made over $35 million this season, and while his recent sexual assault investigation will likely drive his price down, he would still want a decent-sized contract. Just last season he was a Cy Young winner.
We don’t even know if he’ll opt out of his deal, but it’s always possible. It’s not worth the risk, and also, what would it say about the Angels to sign Bauer after recent events?
That would show that Arte Moreno and Perry Minasian don’t have a ton of issues with what he did, which shouldn’t be the case. If it turns out he definitely didn’t do it, that’s one thing. However, if we don’t get that closure, it wouldn’t be right to sign him.
We have so many options for great players we can sign this offseason. Let’s make sure we make the right ones.