With the pitching market heating up thanks to the San Diego Padres acquiring both Blake Snell and Yu Darvish this week, the Toronto Blue Jays continue to do their due diligence and have checked in with the top free-agent arm available.
Trevor Bauer had a conversation with members of the Blue Jays' coaching staff on Thursday, the right-hander confirmed in a video posted to his Twitter account.
"I've got a call with the Blue Jays, I'm going to check in with them and talk to their pitching coach and high-performance coach and see what they have to offer. So that's moving forward," Bauer said.
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) December 31, 2020
Bauer won the National League Cy Young Award in 2020 after posting a career-best 1.73 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 73 innings for the Cincinnati Reds. He rejected the Reds' qualifying offer earlier this off-season, meaning if he doesn't return to Cincinnati, the acquiring team will have to surrender draft-pick compensation.
As the only true ace on the market, the 29-year-old is reported to be seeking a five- or six-year deal worth around $200 million.
Toronto has been linked to a number of the top free agents available throughout the off-season, including George Springer and DJ LeMahieu.