The New York Mets need a starting pitcher, more than one in fact. Behind ace Jacob deGrom and rookie David Peterson, there is just not too much depth. Steven Matz had his season derailed by a shoulder injury, and Rick Porcello, Marcus Stroman, and Michael Wacha are free agents.
To take advantage of the great offensive core existing in the New York Mets’ roster, the team needs to bring at least one frontline starter and one or two solid pieces to complete the rotation. Trevor Bauer is in the market, available for just money. It is clear that his talent would really take the team to the next level, but there will be competition for his services.
The Mets’ new president, Sandy Alderson (who is a familiar face, to be fair, having acted as the general manager from 2010 to 2018) talked with the media for the first time since taking over as the president, a role given to him by new owner Steve Cohen.
In his conversations with the press, specifically WFAN (link by SNY here) Alderson said that Bauer would fit perfectly with the Mets. Theoretically, he would slide in the second slot in the rotation behind deGrom and give the club another ace to reach the postseason and make a deep run.
The Mets are open to the “entertainment business”
“This is an entertainment business. â€¦ Weâ€™ve got to be open-minded about how players express themselves. The thing thatâ€™s interesting about Bauer is he brings along with him a lot of ideas, a lot of routines, a sort of technical orientation that I bet we can learn from. If a guy can perform. It doesnâ€™t really– to me as long as itâ€™s not disruptive in the clubhouse and basically if guys see someone performing, theyâ€™ll live with whatever the baggage is.
â€œI actually think Bauer would be a great personality in New York. I think heâ€™s the kind of guy that fans would embrace.â€
The Mets president’s remarks caught the eye of Bauerâ€™s agent, Rachel Luba, who tweeted â€œSandy Alderson gets it.â€
Bauer himself had an opinion about Alderson’s quotes, tweeting out a sarcastic (yet apparently good-natured) reply.
“Nah…baseball isnâ€™t entertainment. Itâ€™s boring and personality isnâ€™t allowed,” said Bauer. “And this Bauer guy is going to be terrible in the New York media. Big head case. Couldnâ€™t handle it.”