Trevor Bauer claims arbitration hearing with Indians ended in ‘character assassination’

first_img MLB trade rumors: Indians ace Corey Kluber not likely to be dealt “You never know how the character assassination plays, and considering that’s what ended it,” Bauer said. “It kind of put a black mark on what I thought was a really argued case on both sides. There’s not room for that. Let’s just stick to the numbers. Let the numbers tell the story.“You don’t need to bring character assassination into it, especially for charitable campaigns.”USA Today subsequently reported that Bauer — after a meeting with Indians brass — later met again with reporters to stress once more that he’s not bitter and holds no grudge toward the team over what the Labor Relations Department said in the arbitration hearing.Trevor Bauer met with Cleveland #Indians President Chris Antonetti and GM Mike Chernoff, and then again with reporters, to say that he’s not bitter and holds no grudge towards the organization over what the Labor Relations Department said in the arbitration hearing— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 14, 2019 All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer won his salary arbitration case with the Indians, but it doesn’t mean he was happy about what was said during the hearing. The Cleveland pitcher was awarded a $13 million contract rather than the $11 million the Indians proposed, but he claimed Thursday that the final 10 minutes of his hearing were a “character assassination” against him.  “They spent the last 10 minutes of the case trying a character assassination,” Bauer said, per USA Today. “I learned that giving to charity is a bad thing. I learned that agreeing with someone on a podcast just for the sake of argument that I was worth $10.5 million, and should be the definitive answer why I’m not worth $13 [million].“Basically, that I’m a terrible human being, which was interesting on their part. I thought that giving to charity, especially because they didn’t mention it was a charitable campaign, just mentioned the name.” Related News Bauer was referencing his “69 Days of Giving” campaign that he orchestrated last spring after winning his arbitration case.”They don’t mention that I gave to 68 charities or that I donated more than $100,000. 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.“Painfully, the arbitrator didn’t see it as a negative.”Bauer, 28, insisted he didn’t have any animosity toward Cleveland, but the right-hander said he wished they could have just stuck to “the numbers.”last_img

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