Say what you will about Trevor Bauer, but the soon-to-be free-agent right-hander knows exactly how to stir up the masses.
With about a week to go before he officially hits the open market, Bauer told Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he hasn't sat down to fully map out his future just yet. In fact, he claims he's only thought about free agency while coming up with "little creative ways to troll the fan bases on social media."
Bauer's Twitter hijinks have caused quite the stir ahead of the offseason. He's pondered a future for himself in multiple cities since mid-October, including some potentially odd destinations.
Beyond the trolling, Bauer did share a little bit of insight into his priorities this winter. While he's backed down from his previous stance of only being interested in one-year contracts, the 29-year-old told Nightengale that personal happiness will ultimately sway his decision, whether on a short- or long-term contract.
"I don't want to be in a situation where I'm unhappy," Bauer said. "I've spent many years of my big-league career unhappy. I don't think I even realized how unhappy I was because I didn't realize how much I could actually enjoy playing baseball. That's something I just don't have any interest in, spending any more of my big-league career being unhappy. It's one of the biggest things for me."
Bauer also praised the Cincinnati Reds, his team since the middle of 2019, stating that he "had probably more fun this year playing baseball than I've had in, shoot, a long time."