The Chicago White Sox, more than likely, thought about extending an offer to Trevor Bauer. On paper, it would have looked nice to add the reigning National League Cy Young winner to a team that already has a terrific staff. If you inserted him into a rotation with the likes of Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, Dallas Keuchel, Dylan Cease, and Michael Kopech, it would form one of the best rotations in the history of the team. They might be that without Bauer but if he was there, it would certainly be solidified.
With that said, it is probably a good thing that they didn’t go out and get him. He is a great baseball player but there are some things to consider. First of all, there is the baseball side of things. He has been really good over the past few years but that hasn’t always been the case. Most of his seasons have seen him elevate his ERA above four. He has had one full impressive season and then the Cy Young shortened season so it isn’t like a perennial all-star was missed.
That is pretty high for a guy who is making this much money for more than two years. The White Sox have a wide-open window and don’t want any years shaved off because of albatross contracts. There might be more players that hit free agency when the White Sox young core is even better that would do a better job supplementing what they are trying to do at that time.
There is also the social media stuff. A lot of people like that about Trevor Bauer and to be honest, there is no reason not to like that part. It is cool that he tries to have a brand for himself and uses the platform to grow the game of baseball. That is all fine and dandy but he does get into the mud with people a lot. With the White Sox being as young and vibrant as they are, they probably don’t need any of that drama right now.
Hopefully, the White Sox have plenty of pitching on the roster and it seems like they do. It is always nice when they aren’t constantly fighting with fans and other Major League Baseball players online as well. This is a big season coming up in 2021 for the Chicago White Sox and it is good that every player there seems to be focused on having fun and winning the World Series. With more development to go along with the winning, it is best that they stay clear of any nonsense that Bauer might bring along.