The Chicago White Sox should try and sign Trevor Bauer in the offseason.
Ohio swept the Cy Young Award night last night as Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians and Trevor Bauer of the Cincinnati Reds took home the award for their respective leagues. We know that Bieber probably isn’t going anywhere but Bauer is a free agent. The Chicago White Sox should really try and sign him this offseason as he would be a perfect fit in their current situation. Even if it were just for one year it would be worth it because the White Sox have a chance to be that good.
Bauer beat out some really good pitchers to take home the Cy Young from the National League. He edged out Yu Darvish of the Chicago Cubs and Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets. All three of them had wonderful seasons but the way Bauer finished really put him over the edge. The Reds got off to a slow start as a team but Bauer led the way in them coming all the way back to make the playoffs.
Everyone knows that Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel are the two guys at the top of the White Sox rotation. Those guys had top-seven finishes for the award in the American League so there is definitely a decent rotation starting up on the South Side. However, they need a third starter so bad and it was evident once they reached the postseason this year. Adding in Bauer to be that guy would be great but it is hard to say that he would be the third man in the rotation.
To be honest, as good as Giolito and Keuchel are, you would have to consider Bauer to be the ace pitcher. That isn’t that big of a deal because if you have three aces you are one great baseball team. If Dylan Cease or Michael Kopech had great years in addition, we would be talking about one of the most intimidating pitching staffs in the league.
Bauer also seems to be pretty cool with Tim Anderson. They have had their dialogue online which makes you wonder if they would vibe as teammates. It would be awesome to see these two play with one another on the same team because they both are great for the game and would bring a lot of positive attention to the White Sox.
Right now, all of the attention on the White Sox is negative with everything that is going on with their coach. Tony La Russa’s DUI case is clouding how good this White Sox team is going to be for a long time. Firing him and bringing in Bauer would be a franchise-altering moment as they try to finally make a deep playoff run after executing an almost perfect rebuild.