Colorado Rockies: The top five reasons why they should not sign Trevor Bauer

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Aug 29, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) pitches in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Owens-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, we presented the top five reasons why the Colorado Rockies should sign the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, Trevor Bauer. Today, we present the reasons why they shouldn’t sign him.

2020 NL Cy Young award winner and free-agent starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and his agent, Rachel Luba, were recently in Denver for a “work trip” (and then, yesterday, Luba posted on her Instagram story that she was in Scottsdale, which, coincidentally, is the Rockies Spring Training home), fueling speculation that they may have spoken with the Colorado Rockies about signing with the team.

Yesterday, we made the case for our top five reasons to sign Bauer (and our friends over at Purple Row also made their case too, with some different reasons that are also very good) but as with any acquisition, there are pros and cons, from both the player and team perspective. Today, we will present the top five reasons why the Rockies should *not* sign Bauer this offseason.

In no particular order, let’s check out the reasons why they shouldn’t sign him.

It could prevent the Rockies from keeping Trevor Story and/or Nolan Arenado

While one of our points that we made for signing Bauer yesterday is that Story, Arenado, and the rest of the team would see that the Rockies are truly trying to go for it. However, it could mean that the Rockies may not be able to afford Trevor Story and/or Nolan Arenado, especially since they lost tens of millions in 2020 with fewer games and no fans were able to attend games.

Arenado could opt-in to the remainder of his contract after the 2021 season but Story will definitely be a free agent. It will be a lot to ask of the Rockies front office (literally and figuratively) to, likely, invest more than half a billion dollars between three players.

That’s especially the case when…

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