The Cubs Talk Podcast breaks down all things baseball on the North Side. Host David Kaplan and a rotating cast of Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer, beat writer Maddie Lee, and writer Tim Stebbins, bring insider perspective, regular player interviews, and news updates during the team's pursuit of another championship. New episodes release every Wednesday and Friday morning.
Without a doubt, the top free agent in baseball this offseason just so happens to also be the most polarizing and interesting in Trevor Bauer. To discuss his free agency and the person that is Trevor Bauer, the Cubs Talk podcast is joined by his agent Rachel Luba. Maddie Lee and Gordon Wittenmyer have a deep and interesting conversation about the state of free agency for not just Bauer, but for the rest of the players during a pandemic, what Bauer is looking for in a team to sign him, his social media presence, and how he's viewed around the league and by fans, and if the Cubs have a shot at Bauer. All of that and more on the Cubs Talk podcast.
(4:40) - Rachel Luba joins the podcast
(5:15) - The odd offseasons for free agency the last few years
(12:10) - Are the Cubs in the running for Trevor Bauer?
(18:05) - Trevor Bauer pushing boundaries with his outspoken-ness and his use of social media
(26:30) - Can Bauer's strategy of using social media to talk directly to fans be a model for future players?
(35:45) - The battle between agents and the media
(46:50) - How players like Javy Baez and Kris Bryant should handle being under arbitration for multiple years