Dodgers insider reiterates why Trevor Bauer signing was so bad
Alright, yeah, most Los Angeles Dodgers fans — at least the ones with a fused frontal lobe — understand why the team’s pursuit of Trevor Bauer was fairly unnecessary, unreasonably aggressive, and downright shortsighted.
But beyond just getting into a bidding war with the New York Mets and overpaying for a guy who had a career 4.00 ERA in addition to a multitude of character issues, it’s evident the Dodgers handled this situation beyond poorly and uncharacteristically.
So when Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times appeared on AM570’s Roggin and Rodney recently, it all kind of clicked. Why did the Dodgers do this? How did they not see the warning signs? Why didn’t they try to quiet all of the concerns about Bauer in the introductory press conference?
This really was the lapse of all lapses, and it’s likely to affect the team’s financial flexibility for at least another year depending on MLB’s investigation into his sexual assault case.
Seriously … why did the Dodgers sign Trevor Bauer?
Here’s what Hernandez said last week on the Bauer situation:
"“The video that he put out on YouTube after the decision was made to not charge him, that should have been his introductory press conference I felt. He acknowledges, ‘Was I around the wrong people? Did I make bad decisions?’. Honestly, those were all kind of the questions that he faced coming in. To me, that almost sounded like he was auditioning, his interview for his next job almost.”“If you’re team like the Dodgers who’s built your team in a certain way…to go from that culturally, to a guy like Bauer, I think is problematic…I have a feeling that this thing has run its course.”"
Just imagine, after not being charged for a crime but still being susceptible to a civil suit, hopping on YouTube for a six-minute rant titled “THE TRUTH.” What is this, Alex Jones radio? The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show? Think of how many players have gotten in and out of legal trouble and didn’t do something as foolish and childish as that.
Then look at the Dodgers. Though they may have showed their true colors with the Yasiel Puig situation from 2017, they typically employ players of high character: Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor, Walker Buehler, Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts are more or less beloved by the fans and general baseball community.
Why import a wild card and clear potential disruptor to the cultural status quo … especially when starting pitching depth, at the time, was the least of the team’s worries?
It continues to baffle, but Hernandez’s bigger picture assessment, coupled with Bauer’s legal team’s ongoing questionable offensive, just goes to show this was doomed from the moment the Dodgers merely expressed interest.