Trevor Bauer using Yankees to further campaign in hopeful return to MLB

Former Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer is set to face the New York Yankees on Sunday, furthering his campaign in hopes of returning to Major League Baseball. He’ll toe the rubber for the Diablos Rojos against New York in the first of a two-game exhibition series in Mexico.

While it’s not expected that the Yankees will have any interest in Bauer, the currently blackballed right-hander is using the Bronx Bombers in an effort to draw more attention from any potential teams looking for pitching help.

The Yankees didn’t bring their full roster to Mexico for the two-game series. Stars like Aaron Judge and Juan Soto remained in the States to prepare for the regular season. However, Bauer will face the likes of Anthony Volpe, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Trevino and Oswaldo Cabrera.

Bauer hasn’t pitched in Major League Baseball since his leave of absence from the Los Angeles Dodgers following sexual assault accusations.

The league suspended Bauer for an unprecedented 324 games. However, an independent arbitrator wound up reducing it to 194 games in December 2022. He was released from the Dodgers after his suspension ended. No team has picked him up since.

Bauer pitched overseas in Japan during the 2023 season for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan’s Pacific League. In 19 games, Bauer put together a 10-4 record, recording a 2.76 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 31 walks in 130.2 innings pitched.

Whether this outing will turn into anything is a mystery, but Bauer will be using the historic exhibition match against the Yankees on Sunday to showcase what he can do against a lineup featuring Major League talent.

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