Mets need to steer clear of Trevor Bauer now and every year in the future
By Tim Boyle
Trevor Bauer and the New York Mets would be a flammable pair waiting to ignite.
A name I’ve heard mentioned by both those who want to see the New York Mets buy and those who desire a sell is Trevor Bauer. The Cleveland Indians starting pitcher is one of the game’s biggest personalities. As someone who has become a star pitcher in recent years, his star has shot even higher.
While there is talent, Bauer comes with some heavy baggage. He makes Noah Syndergaard look shy and timid. Bauer is about as arrogant as it gets and at times, it just doesn’t seem like it’s all in good fun.
The Indians have a year of control left after 2019 and the star righty has already proclaimed he plans to take one-year deals going forward. The typically frugal Indians are not expected to pay him or any of their young star players moving forward, leading many to believe Bauer gets traded before his contract in Cleveland is through.
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How does this relate to the Mets? They’re going to need some starting pitching next year.
Even if Zack Wheeler is back and the team doesn’t trade Syndergaard, they’re likely in need of a replacement for Jason Vargas. Accounting for the continued below-average seasons from Steven Matz, it’s also helpful to land a guy with Bauer’s talent. More important, however, the Mets need to avoid picking up someone with his personality.
Big personalities in even bigger cities can either fly over the moon or sink to the bottom of the ocean. In the right situation, Bauer is capable of propelling an organization to a World Series victory. In the wrong spot, he’s going to tank a locker room.
Bauer comes across as an unlikable frat boy. A certain audience may like this. On the Mets, I don’t see a fit. Locker room leaders like Jacob deGrom and Michael Conforto are tamer than Bauer. After the combustible 2019 season, why would the Mets have any interest in pouring some Bauer Brand gasoline on their fire?
Talent is essential for a winning team, but so is chemistry. Something lacking on the Mets is a veteran we know controls the locker room. There’s no Max Scherzer or CC Sabathia to shut Bauer down when his antics are too much. Believing they have a new manager in place next year as well, I envision chaos if Bauer is a part of this team.
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There’s no actual rumor the Mets have any interest in Bauer, but his name has been put out there by fans and radio talk show hosts speculating as to what the team could do. If we thought Vargas went a little too far with the media, wait until you see Bauer versus the New York media.