I would personally prefer the Mets don’t go after Trevor Bauer. His track record includes some risky numbers including just one year with an ERA below 4.18. Undeniably talented, it’s his often outspoken personality that I feel could lead the franchise in the wrong direction.
Something everyone should realize about the Mets is how well they perform when the culture is right. That’s not to say everyone in the locker room is a choir boy. They’ve had and still do have their share of controversial figures.
Ignoring his off-field reputation, Bauer doesn’t quite do it for me with how he pitches. Still, he’s cracking this list because of the magnitude he could have on this franchise regardless of the outcome.
I expect when Cohen does take majority ownership we’ll see him show little regard to the personalities of his players. I mean, this is at least the assumption a lot of us have, right?
Cohen is an eccentric guy. Unless Bauer offends him personally, I can’t see him becoming disinterested. In fact, Bauer’s big words may even make Cohen more interested. It’s all speculation at this point. Cohen sometimes feels more folklore than real.
As previously stated in regards to Robbie Ray, the Mets are going to have spots available for the 2021 rotation. I could even see them trading Steven Matz to shake things up further.
In the past, Bauer has previously said he plans to sign only one-year deals moving forward. He’s going to bet on himself. And if this is the case, I might be more inclined to accept one year of madness just to see how things turn out.
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