The New York Mets, most notably their president Sandy Alderson, have praised free agent pitcher Trevor Bauer as having a unique personality that can thrive in the spotlight, more specifically, in the bright lights of the Big Apple. Bauer has also confessed to being a huge fan of Alderson, new owner Steve Cohen, and the Mets’ direction.
Given that the New York Mets currently need one or two rotation reinforcements, it is natural to think Bauer can fit right in. He would slide just behind ace Jacob deGrom and join a talented group that includes Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard, and David Peterson.
The Mets have the desire and the money. The pitcher likes the project and can be paid in New York. It all fits. So what does the player’s agent think? In an interview with Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News, Rachel Luba, who represents the outgoing righty, said he will definitely consider going to Queens.
â€œNew York is… Well, he likes where the organization is going,â€ Rachel Luba, Bauerâ€™s agent, told the Daily News on a phone call. â€œIt can definitely be a landing spot.â€
Bauer is fresh off winning the National League Cy Young for the first time in his career. In 11 starts and 73.0 innings, he had a 1.73 ERA (2.88 FIP) with a 36.0 K% and a 6.1 BB%. He was extremely dominant on the way of putting 2.5 fWAR.
He’s ready for the bright lights, and the Mets have the need and the money
Luba thinks that Bauer is ready for a bigger market after pitching in Arizona, Cleveland, and Cincinnati so far in his career. Through his media company Momentum, he can connect with fans through digital channels.
â€œWhen youâ€™re on that big of a stage, youâ€™re bound to at some point have a hiccup or do something that can be taken the wrong way,â€ Luba said. â€œBut I donâ€™t care if youâ€™re McDonalds or Trevor Bauer â€” if you can build a strong enough foundation, if your brand, your pillars and what you stand for are all strong enough, then I think you can overcome anything.
â€œYou have media â€” no matter how big or small the market is â€” saying what they want and being critical. Itâ€™s something heâ€™s very used to.â€
Luba said they will take their time to make a decision. â€œWeâ€™re set enough to be in a position where we donâ€™t have any sense of urgency to slow down the process or speed it up,â€ Luba said. â€œWeâ€™re just letting it play out right now. We donâ€™t want to rush into anything without talking to everyone and seeing whatâ€™s out there before making a decision.â€
The Yankees are unlikely to spend big bucks this offseason after securing Gerrit Cole’s services last year. The Mets, on the other hand, want and need Bauer. Will they make the big splash?