It's hard not to love the idea of him sporting orange and black, but the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner has plenty of suitors this offseason. Barstool Sports’ Jared Carrabis has some thoughts of his own on where Bauer could land.
“I would love to see him in San Diego,” Carrabis said on the latest episode of Balk Talk. “I think as we saw with the Padres getting to the postseason in 2020, there is a diehard Padres fanbase that’s there, that’s just been waiting to get excited,” Carrabis added.
This means Bauer would be reunited with Mike Clevinger, who signed with the Padres and just received a two-year extension on his contract. And while he won’t be playing in 2021 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, imagine the partnership it would make once all the pieces fall together. Carrabis loves the idea of the storyline.
“By 2022, everyone’s healthy and Fernando Tatís Jr. is two years older, two years better because he’ll be getting in his prime -- like, that’s a scary team,” Carrabis said.
Carrabis admitted that he, and our very own Dallas Braden, made their picks on where Bauer would land. Braden picked the Padres, and Carrabis mentioned he chose the Dodgers, but only to not repeat what Braden’s pick was.
“I picked the Dodgers, and that’s not fun,” Carrabis added. “I think Trevor also knows that. As much as he wants to win a championship, I think he would welcome the challenge of taking down the Dodgers more than like Kevin Durant of Major League Baseball.”
“I think the Dodgers are just so good,” he added. “On one hand, it would be cool to see a modern dynasty -- we really haven’t seen one since the Yankees in the ‘90s -- they are talented enough to do that.”
Carrabis added that should the Dodgers make it to the World Series for a third, consecutive time and even lose, that could be considered dynasty-worthy.
The way Bauer is approaching free agency also is unlike anything anyone ever has done on the market. Carrabis has been enjoying that as well.
“It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, and I love that,” Carrabis said. “It rubs some people the wrong way, but I think those are just like the anti-fun crowd. Like, you were never going to like it to begin with.”
At the end of the day, wherever Bauer ends up, we just hope he’s embraced there.
“I want Bauer to go somewhere where he’s allowed to be himself,” Carrabis said.