Trevor Bauer's struggles with the Diamondbacks probably weren't a surprise to Gerrit Cole, according to one report.
It became so bitter that as they both went through their first Major League Spring Trainings earlier this year, they flatly declined to comment on each other’s situations.
I don’t know the roots of the dispute — but I imagine somewhere Cole was nodding knowingly last week when rumors surfaced that the D-backs were already shopping Bauer because his attitude during his brief big-league baptismal last summer had been a turn-off.
It's not necessarily significant that Cole and Bauer don't like each other, and the lack of specifics in Singer's article makes it tough to comment on further. But, as Singer points out, the rivalry between the two of them could be an interesting storyline later, particularly if Bauer stays in the National League.