Pitcher Trevor Bauer was awarded a $13 million contract after winning his arbitration hearing with the Indians.  It’s the second time he’s beaten Cleveland during the arbitration process.

The Indians wanted to pay him $11 million.

Bauer claimed afterwards that the Indians attempted a character assassination at the end of the hearing and was even critical of his “69 Days of Giving” campaign.

Via USA Today:

“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.

“Apparently, the arbitrator didn’t see it as a negative.”

If the Indians falter at all before the trade deadline you have to believe they will try to move Bauer.  They were already rumored to be listening to trade offers for the right-hander, him making these claims public isn’t going to help things.

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