Trevor Bauer accuses Indians of ‘character assassination’ in arbitration hearing

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer, who won his arbitration case for $13 million, said he enjoyed the process until the final 10 minutes in which he accused the Indians’ representatives of presenting a “character assassination" against him.

Bauer, who will be eligible for free agency in two years, said he has no interest in signing a long-term contract with Cleveland, or anyone else, and intends to be in the arbitration hearing one last time next winter.

Bauer was awarded a $13 million contract in the arbitration hearing, the second time he defeated Cleveland in the process, which proposed a $11 million salary. He believes that if not for sustaining a stress fracture in the right leg in August, he would have won the Cy Young and earned at least $16 million.

“They spent the last 10 minutes of the case trying a character-assassination," Bauer said. “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]."

What else did they say?

“Basically, that I’m a terrible human being," Bauer said, “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."

Bauer was referring to the "69 Days of Giving" campaign he touted 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."

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