Mets’ president Sandy Alderson opens up about pursuit of Trevor Bauer

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The New York Mets, expected to make big splashed around the free agent market by virtue of having a billionaire new owner, ended up making their biggest acquisitions via trade, bringing All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and starter Carlos Carrasco in a transaction with the Cleveland Indians.

The Mets did go to the free agent market to bring catcher James McCann, relievers Trevor May and Aaron Loup, infielder Jonathan Villar, outfielders Kevin Pillar and Albert Almora, and starter Taijuan Walker, among others. But they didn’t sign any of the “Big Three” free agents: Trevor Bauer, JT Realmuto, and George Springer.

Instead, the Lindor trade (and, in a lesser scale, the one that netted the Mets starter Joey Lucchesi) helped shape the offseason for them, as the team focused on the mid and low tiers of the market.

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the Mets were aggressive in their pursuit of Bauer, to the point that they offered $105 million in comparison to the Dodgers’ $102 million.

The Mets really wanted Bauer

DiComo, after Mets’ president Sandy Alderson’s most recent encounter with the press, wrote that “Bauer opted to sign with the Dodgers for $102 million, which the Mets did not consider a significant defeat. In the weeks leading up to their offer, the Mets weighed the risks and benefits of a Bauer signing — polling women in the organization, among others, given Bauer’s checkered history on social media. When the Mets missed out on Bauer, they pivoted instead to Taijuan Walker, ultimately signing him to a deal worth less than 20 percent of Bauer’s.”

“I’m not here to say, ‘Wow, we dodged a bullet,’” Alderson said. “I’m happy with the way the offseason went generally, and not unhappy about losing out on Bauer or others.”

With Springer, the Mets were willing to go five years, but not six, and with Realmuto, the team preferred for a quick resolution and the catcher didn’t want to sign in November.

Trevor Bauer issues apology to New York Mets fans

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Before reporters confirmed, somewhat surprisingly, that Trevor Bauer signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, there was a growing assumption that he was going to commit his future to the New York Mets.

This sentiment increased when, on Friday afternoon, the pitcher’s website began to release Mets related merchandise. After seeing that, one would think that Bauer had indeed decided to play in New York.

However, the merchandise was removed just a few minutes after it became available, and Bauer explained that he was signing with the Dodgers (closer to his hometown) on his YouTube channel.

On the weekend, the now-Dodgers turned to Twitter to issue an apology to New York Mets fans after the unfortunate events.

“Mets fans, I owe you an explanation and apology,” Bauer said. “My intention this entire offseason was to engage with fans in ways that made the off season and free agent process more interesting.”

“The plan was not to have those pages live until a decision had been made, which is obviously not what happened. That was the first mistake. The plan was to release a link to my website and the appropriate materials via linktree on my Instagram page once my decision was finalized. Unfortunately, that link was posted in error well before any decision had been made. That was the second mistake. Understandably, the link was quickly discovered and began to spread on social media,” he said.

He looks forward to pitching in the Mets’ home field even as a foe

He also explained that “the resulting confusion is understandable and regrettable. My intention was never to mislead your fan base, nor was it to troll you in any way. I had a fantastic time engaging with fans from many teams over the last few months and Mets fans priced to be as passionate and energetic a bunch as any, so I offer my sincerest apologies for how the events Friday played out. I have no control over false media reports stating a contract was in place or that terms had been agreed to, but I do accept responsibility for the errors above. It was an embarrassing and emotional moment for me.”

The pitcher looks forward to pitching in Citi Field as a visitor, eve though he knows he will probably be booed.

“I look forward to my next visit to Citi Field and hope to hear you just as loud in person, even if it’s not in cheers for me,” Bauer said.

MLB Breaking News: Trevor Bauer to the Dodgers for big money

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In the biggest MLB news of the day, Trevor Bauer is no longer in free agency. The Los Angeles Dodgers have scooped the season’s biggest prize for an annual deal bigger than the Yankees Gerrit Cole. In the deal, he will be paid $40 million this year as the Dodgers stack their starting rotation after the San Deigo Padres stack theirs.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports it’s “a three-year deal that has opt-outs after Years 1 and 2.”

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports, “Trevor Bauer gets $102M for 3 years from Dodgers, per source. He has opt-outs after each of the first two years; $40M in 2021, $45M in 2022. He’ll be the highest-paid player in MLB history in ’21, then again in ’22.”

Stay tuned to EmpireSportsMedia.com for more on this deal as more details are released.

New York Mets lose Trevor Bauer to the Los Angeles Dodgers

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The New York Mets, who were viewed as the favorites all along (especially in the last couple of days) lost the Trevor Bauer sweepstakes, as the free agent right-handed pitcher decided to join the Los Angeles Dodgers, reigning World Series champions, in a three-year contract.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported via Twitter that Trevor Bauer will get $102M for three years from Dodgers, citing a source. He has opt outs after each of the first two years; $40M in 2021, $45M in 2022. He’ll be the highest-paid player in MLB history in ’21, then again in ’22.

Rachel Luba, Bauer’s agent, had tweeted during Thursday evening that his client was down to two teams, which ended up being the Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Mets are in a good place despite failing to bring Bauer

Bauer won the National League Cy Young award in the 2020 season while pitching with the Cincinnati Reds. He had a 1.73 ERA, a 2.88 FIP, and a 3.25 FIP in eleven starts and 73.0 innings, with a phenomenal 12.33 K/9 and a very good 2.10 BB/9.

The New York Mets’ rotation, when healthy, will be among the league’s best, even without Bauer. Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, Marcus Stroman, David Peterson, Joey Lucchesi and, starting in June or July, Noah Syndergaard, are the primary options.

The Mets are still in the hunt for a center fielder, with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Albert Almora as potential targets.

Despite losing out on Bauer, the offseason wasn’t bad at all for the Mets. They brought reliever Trevor May, catcher James McCann, and they traded for shortstop Francisco Lindor and starter Carlos Carrasco. They failed to capture George Springer’s and Bauer’s signature, but they are top contenders in the NL East.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, are now the clear favorites to repeat as World champions after securing the services of the talented, yet controversial Bauer.

New York Mets: Trevor Bauer sweepstakes down to two teams, decision could come soon

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The Trevor Bauer sweepstakes is down to two teams. The news was confirmed last night by the pitcher’s agent, Rachel Luba, via Twitter, amid growing speculation that the reigning National League Cy Young would sign his contract. One of those two clubs is the New York Mets, while the other is presumably the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Thursday night was a weird day in the Bauer race. During the afternoon, several outlets reported that the New York Mets were making significant progress in talks.

Several people in the media talked about a potential three-year deal worth between $90 million and $100 million, including one opt-out clause after the first year:

Bob Nightengale of USA Today broke the news that there was an agreement in place for the talented right-hander, who put a 1.73 ERA and a 2.88 FIP in 73.0 innings during the shortened 2020 campaign.

Not so fast, Mets!

However, less than ten minutes later, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com put water to the rumors and said that while the situation is fluid and there are ongoing conversations, the Mets and Bauer had not reached a del just yet.

It feels like it’s a matter of time for the news to break. A decision could come in the next few days, and quite possibly in the next few hours.

Bauer would greatly improve the Mets’ already-great chances of advancing to the postseason and making a deep run. If everybody is healthy and the signing materializes, they could have a top five of Jacob deGrom, Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Noah Syndergaard, and Marcus Stroman, with David Peterson, Joey Lucchesi, Jerad Eickoff and Jordan Yamamoto as depth.

Is Trevor Bauer really getting closer to the New York Mets?

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The New York Mets have done more than enough to address their rotation issues. They offered a qualifying offer to Marcus Stroman, which he took, they traded for Carlos Carrasco and Joey Lucchesi. When they get Noah Syndergaard back from injury, the unit will be among the best in the league. Jacob deGrom (arguably the best pitcher in the league) and David Peterson are the other two members.

However, the Mets have also been connected to Trevor Bauer lately. After trading for Francisco Lindor and Carrasco and signing Trevor May and James McCann, the assumption was that they wouldn’t be bringing additional big contracts unless the target was a center fielder.

However, an opportunity to bring the reigning NL Cy Young award winner is right there, mainly because he is getting out of potential suitors. Bauer would be a natural fit for the Los Angeles Angels, but a recent article by the Los Angeles Times explained that the relationship between the pitcher and coach Mickey Callaway is damaged beyond repair from their days with the Cleveland Indians.

The Toronto Blue Jays have spent lots and lots of dollars in George Springer, Kirby Yates, and Marcus Semien. It’s unlikely that they pursue Bauer. The Yankees appear all set in the rotation, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in wait-and-see mode, just like the New York Mets.

The Mets’ offer in detail

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman explained the details about the Mets’ offer to the free-agent right-hander:

“Mets’ offer to Bauer thought 3-4 years with opt-outs and less than $36M AAV record. Dodgers could have similar type interest but unlikely to go long. Some teams believe Bauer seeks much longer deal, and pitching comps they’ve used are long deals: Cole (324M) and Strasburg (245M),” he tweeted.

The thing is that Bauer is unlikely to get that kind of money and years in the current market. Not at this point, when most teams have addressed their rotation and/or spent their budget elsewhere. And there is the situation with Callaway and the Angels.

The Mets can certainly swoop in and get Bauer. Will they? Is it possible that they are the favorites now? We should be getting closer to a resolution.

Mets reportedly made offer to Bauer: It would make him the highest-paid player by AAV

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The New York Mets didn’t lose any top starters over the winter, and added Marcus Stroman, Carlos Carrasco, and Joey Lucchesi to the roster, fortifying the rotation depth and bringing star power. Yet, all signs point at them not being done improving their chances to win in 2021.

After missing on JT Realmuto (he hasn’t signed yet, but the Mets already brought a starting catcher in James McCann) George Springer and Brad Hand, the New York Mets are apparently willing to make one last splash in the offseason: starting pitcher Trevor Bauer.

Recent reports suggest that in the case he signs a one-year pact, Bauer would command something close to $40 million, which would break the average annual value (AAV) record set by Gerrit Cole with $36 million.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Mets have offered Bauer “a contract which would make him baseball’s highest-paid player by average annual value (AAV).”

The Mets have great depth, but they want the best

If the report is true, it would be quite a surprise, since the New York Mets don’t necessarily need Bauer. They have Jacob deGrom, Stroman, David Peterson, Steven Matz, Carrasco, and Lucchesi ready to pitch when needed, with Noah Syndergaard set to return from injury sometime in June.

However, bringing Bauer into the fold would push the Mets’ rotation into the true elite of the game without question.

Rotoworld explains that the specifics of the Mets’ proposal aren’t known, but the deal would be “much shorter in length” than Gerrit Cole’s nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees.

Nightengale details that the Mets made the offer in “recent weeks” and have stayed in close contact with the pitcher’s camp.

Bauer won the National League Cy Young award in 2020 with the Cincinnati Reds, with a 1.73 ERA, besting deGrom and Yu Darvish in the process.

New York Mets: Trevor Bauer wants close to $40 million if he signs a one-year deal

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The New York Mets reportedly remain interested in right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer, who is without a question the top free agent hurler available. Always a fan of going year-to-year to maximize his earnings, his agent Rachel Luba had previously said in the winter that he wouldn’t be considering those kinds of deals, but after a few months, the conditions appear to have changed.

Now, the New York Mets are said to be willing to offer Bauer a high-AAV (average annual value) for a one-year pact, even after adding Carlos Carrasco and Joey Lucchesi to the mix in the rotation. With Noah Syndergaard returning eventually from Tommy John surgery, and Jacob deGrom, Carrasco, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Lucchesi, and David Peterson, one could argue that the Mets’ pitching depth is all set.

However, SNY reports that despite all that, the Mets are still considering Bauer as a difference-maker at the top of the rotation. The price, however, isn’t expected to be cheap at all.

The Mets would have to pony up

“If you’re talking about a one-year deal it’s going to take more than $30 million,” one rival team executive told SNY’s John Harper. “Probably closer to $40 million because he’s going to want the highest AAV, and right now that’s (Gerrit) Cole at $36 million (a year).

“You never know with Bauer but I still think he’ll take the biggest deal he can find, because he’ll never have this kind of leverage again. If the AAV is $30 million, I can’t see him taking less than five years.”

The Los Angeles Angels are supposed to be players for Bauer, as are the Chicago White Sox. The former is several starters away from contention, while the flamboyant pitcher can push the latter into the upper-echelon of MLB.

The Mets, after losing center fielder George Springer and lefty reliever Brad Hand, can make one last splash this offseason. Stay tuned.

New York Mets: Is Trevor Bauer Worth A Lucrative One-Year Deal?

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The always controversial Trevor Bauer is still looming on the free-agent market as his options continue to dwindle. After the New York Mets opted against signing George Springer, it opened the door to ponder Bauer’s future in New York. Will the Mets strike and create the dream rotation with baseball’s most controversial player?

The opinions on Bauer are on two opposite sides of the spectrum. Some view him as Curt Schilling with a stronger social media presence, and others see him as an innovative figure in a sport that rejects individualism. Bauer and some of his devoted followers are similar to a mini-army where they have harassed and bullied anyone who differs in opinion. It has always been about speaking his mind instead of what is right, but both are always the same to Bauer.

Whether his off the field antics plays in the decision making or not, the Mets can ill-afford another organizational issue after the Jared Porter scandal. Unless Bauer sends unsolicited photos of his junk, there will not be much stopping any interested team from paying a high amount for his services. The lower Bauer keeps his ERA to higher the tolerance teams will have for his off the field acts.

On-Field Talent

There is no denying Bauer’s 2020 Cy Young award-winning season. His competition level was below average as the AL/NL Central was the weakest region in MLB. To combat the “Mickey Mouse” Cy Young season, Bauer pitched his best against the Atlanta Braves in the postseason. Bauer may not pitch to a sub-two ERA again, but his fastball/curveball spin rates and whiff rates show a high level of success is sustainable. He also is devoted to his training regimen and always keeps baseball his main focus.

The Mets did not give Springer a six-year deal due to his age, and they should take the same approach with Bauer. Despite the prolific 2020, Bauer only has one full season of an ERA under four. Former teammate and current Met, Carlos Carrasco, has a lower career ERA in more innings pitched. The obvious difference is in age as Carrasco is heading into his age-34 season while Bauer just turned 30.

If the Mets are serious with Bauer, the one-year deal keeps give them plenty of options for future offseasons. As the second starter in the rotation, his pressure to repeat last season’s production will be lower. One-year gives the Mets insurance to part ways if the off-field theatrics or performance hurt their success. Both sides will learn that quickly because Bauer will be on full display in the huge fishbowl of New York City for a team with World Series aspirations.

New York Mets are still considering NL Cy Young award winner Trevor Bauer

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After spending substantial funds in Trevor May, James McCann, Francisco Lindor, and Carlos Carrasco, the New York Mets only need remains a true, glove-first center fielder, and perhaps another starter and reliever. They don’t have to break the bank for a pitcher like Trevor Bauer, but as it turns out, he is still a strong possibility.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, it is believed that the two teams that have the best chance to land the controversial free agent are the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Angels.

After missing out on Gerrit Cole last season, the Angels’ biggest weakness remain the pitching. They have the best player in the planet, Mike Trout, yet they can’t take the next step and advance to the postseason year in and year out because of their unreliable pitching. Bauer could help the organization a lot, and that’s why they are seen as the favorites.

However, Mets’ president Sandy Alderson has said on the record that he likes Bauer and sees his personality fitting in New York.

The Mets could have the best rotation in baseball with Bauer

Signing Bauer would give the Mets perhaps the best rotation in baseball, with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard (when he returns in June or July) Marcus Stroman, Carlos Carrasco, and the former Reds hurler.

Feinsand also mentions that the Dodgers are monitoring the righty’s market, which was reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan this week. He would be more of a luxury for the current champions, though.

In just eleven starts and 73.0 frames, Bauer managed to accumulate 2.5 fWAR. He was a bit lucky in the BABIP (.215) and strand rate (90.9%) departments, but managed to finish the shortened 2020 season with a minuscule 1.73 ERA, a 2.88 FIP, and a 3.25 FIP. He struck out 12.33 batters per nine frames while walking just 2.10 per nine. He has the potential to take the Mets’ rotation to the next level.