Ranking how well Trevor Bauer fits on all 30 MLB teams

The shortened 2020 season makes it difficult to evaluate player performance, but Trevor Bauer might have helped himself more than any other player. Think of where Bauer stood after the 2019 season. Since 2014, he was 68-56 with a 3.99 ERA, had proven durable with no arm-related injuries in his career (although he had topped 200 innings only once), and was known as the foremost student and practitioner of pitching analytics. With Cleveland in 2018, he posted a 2.21 ERA and fanned 221 batters in 175⅓ innings and might have won the Cy Young Award if not for a broken leg suffered when hit by a line drive. In 2019, however, he had a 4.48 ERA with Cleveland and Cincinnati, suffering increases in his walk and home run rates. So at the minimum he was solid workhorse, but with the one season that teased a higher level.

He made only 11 starts with the Reds in 2020 but finished with a 1.73 ERA, career best walk and strikeout rates, held batters to a .159 average to win the 2020 NL Cy Young Award. The narrative is now more along the lines of, "Hey, he's been great in two of the past three seasons." That puts him in the discussion as one of the best starters in the majors ... and he's a free agent.