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In 2020, Bauer led the league with a 1.73 ERA, a 0.79 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched), 5.06 hits per nine innings and a .159 opponents’ batting average. He finished second with 100 strikeouts.
Bauer became the fifth pitcher in Reds history to lead the league in ERA and the first since Ed Heusser in 1944.
Bauer, who the Reds acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Indians in 2019, became a free agent after the 2020 season. The Reds made him a qualifying offer, which he rejected.