Trevor Bauer’s agent’s comments further prove Yankees aren’t a landing spot for him
Nope, Trevor Bauer STILL isn’t a fit for the New York Yankees.
Another week, another article to let New York Yankees fans (and other baseball fans, for that matter) know that Trevor Bauer is highly unlikely to land in the Bronx, regardless of how you look at the situation.
The starting rotation is certainly a concern for the front office after Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and JA Happ became free agents, but there are other cost-effective and/or trade options that can do the Yankees well. Paying $25-plus million for Bauer is not what the organization is going to do as it deals with luxury tax concerns.
Additionally, we know the kinds of personalities the Yankees like to employ. Bauer’s loud and boisterous (though it’s totally acceptable and not to be looked down upon) one is not of that brand. Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, appeared on New York radio this week, and her comments on the right-hander just further prove he’s not a fit for the Bombers.
"“He’s a fan of big markets, in terms of building his brand,” Luba said while appearing on WFAN this week. “I think he’s made it very clear and he’s good at it. He’s good at finding creative ways to build a brand. He built a pretty incredible brand, especially over, I think, the last year, after being in … an entirely Ohio market. So, if you can build the brand that he has in an Ohio market, imagine what he can do in a bigger market.”“People see that he’s intelligent, and at least in the recent couple of years, he’s been more intentional about [things], he has a purpose for the things he’s said on Twitter. He has a strategy and he knows what he’s doing, and I don’t think anybody who really understands the game and industry can’t see that. They totally get what he’s doing, and I think he’s great for the game. He has drawn interest in the game in an incredible way. He’s also encouraged other players to start speaking up and to have personalities, and I think we’ve seen what he’s been able to do.”"
Do you honestly think the Yankees care about Trevor Bauer building his brand? Are the Yankees a franchise that needs more attention or brand recognition? Do you think the buttoned-up Yankees want someone like Bauer calling out the MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred on social media every chance he gets? Do you think the Yankees care if their players “have a strategy” or “really understand the game”?
No. We know what the Yankees want. They want production. They want as little negative attention as possible. They want zero distractions in the locker room and off the field. They want consistency (which Bauer has yet to display). They want more reserved personalities (look at Gerrit Cole, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, etc.).
It’s laughable that there’s a thought that a team like the Yankees, the most recognizable franchise on the face of the planet, would be intrigued by Bauer because of his ability to “build a brand” and “bring awareness to the game.” Is Bauer all of a sudden applying for a marketing internship?
We don’t even think the Yankees need help in that department, either.