The Trevor Bauer Discussion Needs Nuance – Rosie DiManno Used None of it

Barring an absolutely bizarre outcome, Trevor Bauer is going to win the Cy Young award this year in the National League, and rightfully so, as the 29-year-old was dominating in his short 2020 season.

A 1.73 ERA with a 36% K% and a 6.1% BB% while allowing 9 home runs in 73 innings is immaculate, and Bauer deserves to be recognized for those accomplishments. He is also a free agent this off-season, and if you’re reading this, you’re well aware that the Blue Jays, like virtually every team in baseball, have an acute need for high-end starting pitching. Naturally, there will be articles clamoring for the two to get together.
Rosie Dimanno of the Toronto Star kicked things off with one yesterday, but completely missed the mark. I won’t quote from the piece here, but go read it before continuing on in this article.
The article she wrote was just weird on many levels. From the title “The Blue Jays need Trevor Bauer, baseball’s outrage king. It’s a pitch worth making on so many levels”, one would think DiManno was prepared to address the real question of grappling with Bauer’s excellent on the field results but questionable morality off of …

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Author: Gideon Turk / Blue Jays Nation

Darren Ferris is doing damage control now

Mitch Marner has signed his contract and, barring injury, will be with the Toronto Maple Leafs to start the season. That doesn’t mean that this whole saga is over. Even though we have a player under contract long-term and games on the horizon, there’s still going to be plenty of conversation around everything that transpired over the past few months.

Marner’s agent, Darren Ferris, probably even more so than Marner himself, has really been the face of this contract saga. Ferris’ “Playbook” relies a lot on floating narratives into the mainstream media. Things like Marner speaking to other teams on July 1 and considering playing overseas in Switzerland were a couple of Ferris tactics to generate panic that the restricted free agent had considerable leverage in contract negotiations.
Even though pen has been put to paper and Marner has his money, Ferris’ job isn’t over. There’s a damage control left to be done on behalf of his client after what was a messy, frustrating, and emotionally-draining summer full of public negotiations. While Ferris’ tactics likely helped Marner in securing more cash, it came at the cost of losing admiration from much of the fanbase.
Today on …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation