Three Reasons Trevor Bauer Would Choose The SF Giants
While people in California are well aware of the cultural divide between Northern and Southern California, there is still a geographical proximity that’s impossible to ignore. Bauer was born in North Hollywood, California and grew up in Santa Clarita. After deciding to attend a college, he pitched collegiately at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA).
After being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2011 draft, Bauer quickly found himself in the state of Ohio following a blockbuster trade involving the Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, and Cincinnati Reds in 2012.
Seven years later, Cleveland shipped him across the state to the Reds at the 2019 deadline. In total, he has spent eight of his nine major league seasons in Ohio.
Now that he is a free agent, he gets to choose his next location. The Giants along with the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, and Toronto Blue Jays are rumored to be aggressive spenders this offseason. If true, San Francisco would be the only option of the four that would give him a chance to be close to the West Coast. They are also obviously in his home state of California.
Signing with the Giants would bring him much closer to home than he has ever been in his major league career. Plus, he would get to do Spring Training in Arizona, which is similarly close to his hometown. On top of this, Bauer does offseason workouts at Driveline Baseball in Seattle, Washington.
The fact is, when Bauer has gotten to choose where to work, he’s always ended up on the West Coast. With that choice once again, it seems logical that it could play a role. Besides, who doesn’t love the sunny weather, tourist destinations, and sandy beaches that come with California?
Only time will tell whether the SF Giants will target Trevor Bauer in free agency. While there are some compelling arguments for the team to look elsewhere, Bauer has a number of reasons to hope they make a competitive offer. If they do, there’s plenty of reason to believe Bauer will choose to take his talents to San Francisco.