On Wednesday, Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer won his arbitration case and will earn $13 million for the 2019 season. That's a nice pay raise for the 29-year-old pitcher, but there were reports earlier this afternoon that Bauer accused the Indians of "character assassination" during the arbitration hearing.
Trevor Bauer accuses Cleveland #Indians attorneys of 'character assassination' in arbitration hearing, and is ready for one more arbitration hearing where, ‘I’m going to set the record raise and record salary for a starting pitcher.’ https://t.co/UoUPT1Lp2E— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 14, 2019
After meeting with the Cleveland Indians brass, Bauer spoke to reporters and kept stressing that he's "not bitter" and holds "no ill will towards anyone" over the arbitration process. Additionally, he informed the Indians front office that he's not upset with them over what happened.
Trevor Bauer met with Cleveland #Indians President Chris Antonetti and GM Mike Chernoff, and then again with reporters, to say that he's not bitter and holds no grudge towards the organization over what the Labor Relations Department said in the arbitration hearing— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 14, 2019
Bauer even took to Twitter and called out Bob Nightengale of USA Today about the story he was going to write about him, regarding his original comments about the supposed "character assassination" that took place late in the process.
Hey @BNightengale thank you for interviewing me for the story you’re going to write about me. Maybe we can make this whole “interview interview Trevor for the story on him” thing a consistent theme moving forward — Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) February 14, 2019
We get it, Bauer. You're doing fine after the arbitration hearing and aren't bitter about anything, even though it's been reported that you weren't thrilled with the process. The more you tell us you're feeling "not bitter," the more bitter you seem.