Bauer accuses Indians of 'character assassination'

One day after winning his arbitration case for $13 million, Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer called the last 10 minutes of his hearing with the Indians a “character assassination.”
The All-Star right-hander beat Cleveland in the arbitration process for the second straight year on Wednesday, receiving $2 million more than the Indians offered.
Although Bauer said he harbors no ill will toward the organization, he expressed his frustration with some of the points raised by the Indians during his hearing.
“They spent the last 10 minutes of the case trying a character assassination,” he told reporters Thursday. “I learned that giving to charity is a bad thing.”
Bauer was referencing the “69 Days of Giving” campaign he launched after winning his arbitration case last season.
“They don’t mention that I gave to 68 charities or that I donated more than $100,000,” he said. “Or that the whole point of the campaign was to bring awareness to all those charities, past the money I was giving them. Nothing about that. They just tried to say that I was bad for donating or for running that campaign.”
Bauer finished sixth in the American League Cy Young Award voting in 2018 after going 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA before sustaining a stress fracture in his right leg in August.
Bauer, 28, said he anticipates going through arbitration again next year. He is not eligible for free agency until after the 2020 campaign.

–Field Level Media

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