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Thursday with what he felt were unwarranted shots taken against him by the Cleveland Indians during their arbitration hearing.Bauer won his arbitration case Wednesday and was awarded $13 million Alex Wood Jersey , but he told reporters that the Indians attempted to tear him down near the end of the process. "They spent the last 10 minutes of the case trying a character assassination. 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]."Despite his comments, Bauer said he was "unemotional" about the process and that it didn't change the way he views the Indians.Bauer noted that while he enjoyed the hearing overall, he felt the Indians crossed the line:"You never know how the character assassination plays, and considering that's what ended it, it kind of put a black mark on what I thought was a really argued case on both sides. There's not room for that. Let's just stick to the numbers. Let the numbers tell the story.You don't need to bring character assassination into it, especially for charitable campaigns."The 28-year-old righty had a career year in 2018, as he went 12-6 over 28 appearances (27 starts) with a 2.21 ERA Zack Cozart Jersey , 1.09 WHIP and 221 strikeouts in 175.1 innings. Bauer was named an All-Star for the first time, and he finished sixth in the American League Cy Young voting.Bauer had never posted an ERA better than 4.18 in six previous MLB seasons with the Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks.According toESPN.com, Bauer won$6.525 million in his arbitration case last year against the Indians and used $100,000 of it to donate to charities as part of a campaign he called "The 69 Days of Giving."Bauer said that while the Indians tried to make his charitable endeavor seem negative, the arbitrator viewed it differently:"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.Painfully, the arbitrator didn't see it as a negative."Bauer has been open about his status with the Indians and whether he figures into their future plans.In November http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey , Bauer addressed trade rumors andsaidthe Indians should wait until 2020 to trade him due to what his surplus value is likely to be at that point. Bauer also said the Indians are "most likely not going to be able to sign" him when he's eligible for free agency in 2021.It is unclear how much longer the Indians will have Bauer on their roster, but he is locked in for at least 2019. Having one of Major League Baseball's top starters back in the fold makes Cleveland an overwhelming favorite to win the weak AL Central. A look at what’s happening around the majors today:M-V-P! M-V-P!Christian Yelich has picked up right where he left off last season. The 2018 NL MVP hit his fourth homer Sunday and then a two-run double in the ninth inning that gave Milwaukee a dramatic 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. He has homered in the first four games of the season to match a major league record and can break the mark by going deep when the Brewers visit Cincinnati.“What we’re witnessing is greatness,” teammate Ryan Braun said. “I’ve never seen anyone this good at baseball for this long.”Yelich batted .326 with 36 homers and 110 RBIs last year, leading Milwaukee to the NL Central title. He is 6 for 12 with six walks and eight RBIs already this season.“Candidly, I can’t recall a series like that,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “I’ve had some guys that are smoking hot against us, but I’ve never seen that kind of damage over four days.”WELCOME HOMEThe Indians, Pirates and Braves are set to play their home openers. Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger gets the ball following a breakout 2018 season. He’ll face Ivan Nova Albert Pujols Jersey , making his first start for the Chicago White Sox after an offseason trade from Pittsburgh. The Pirates will start Chris Archer against St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright, and Atlanta (0-3) is calling on Sean Newcomb against Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs.MONEY FOR NOTHINGTwo of baseball’s biggest spenders are off to slow starts. Heading into the first full week of the season, the Yankees (1-2) and World Series champion Red Sox (1-3) are at the bottom of the AL East standings after both teams won 100 games last year. New York dropped two of three at home to a Baltimore team that went a major league-worst 47-115 last season. Next up, the Yankees welcome another rebuilding club to the Bronx in the Detroit Tigers. After losing three of four at Seattle, the Red Sox send October star David Price to the mound in Oakland for his first start of the season.LONG ROAD BACKDrew Smyly is set to make his Texas debut and his first major league start since September 2016 when the Rangers host Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros. Smyly, acquired from the Chicago Cubs in November, had Tommy John surgery in July 2017. The 29-year-old lefty is 31-27 with a 3.74 ERA in five big league seasons with Detroit and Tampa Bay.KING OF THE CASTLEFor years, Felix Hernandez was a shutdown ace for Seattle Mike Trout Jersey , and the Mariners couldn’t score enough runs to back him. Times have changed. After being passed over for opening day for the first time in a decade, the 32-year-old Hernandez will make his first start this season against the Angels. King Felix had a 15.95 ERA in spring training a year after going 8-14 with a 5.55 ERA during a miserable regular season. The good news? With the way Seattle is swinging the bats, he might not need to be great. The Mariners took three of four from Boston last weekend, averaging 8.5 runs per game. They’ve hit 15 homers, at least one in every game during a 5-1 start.