This winter, the New York Mets have a chance to create a dream battery by adding Trevor Bauer and J.T. Realmuto.
It is no secret that the pitching staff of the New York Mets has stumbled a bit out of the starting gate. Outside of a few sparkling starts, and Jacob deGrom, the staff has been nothing to write home about. Leaguewide, the Mets sit tied for 23rd with the San Francisco Giants in team ERA with a mark of 4.89.
Of course, the Mets are missing a couple of key pieces in the rotation. With Noah Syndergaard recovering from Tommy John Surgery and Marcus Stroman healing a calf tear, the Mets lost their two and three starters for the season.
With at least Syndergaard returning to the team next season, the Mets will have to add some depth to their rotation. With a new owner reportedly coming to town by October, the team might have the capital to make a big splash. That should open up the possibility of the Mets signing Trevor Bauer.
Bauer has developed himself into one of the best starting pitchers in the league. Early this season, Bauer is absolutely cutting through opponents. He has 20 strikeouts and has even thrown a complete game, which is a rarity in 2020.
After finishing 6th in the AL Cy Young Award in 2018 with the Cleveland Indians, Bauer took a step back in 2019 between the Indians and Cincinnati Reds. But, it seems that he has righted the ship early this season, and should fetch a nice contract at the conclusion of the season.
If the Mets were to sign Bauer and retain Stroman, they would have an absolute stacked rotation.
Just the thought of deGrom, Syndergaard, Bauer, Stroman, and/or Steven Matz and David Peterson is enough to make a casual fan salivate. But with Wilson Ramos’ contract ending at the conclusion, who would they be throwing to?
If the new owner wanted to make the splash of signing Bauer even bigger, they’d also consider bringing in free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto. Realmuto, an NL East lifer, is off to a scorching-hot start as well. He has bat .300 and hit two home runs for the Phillies while being stellar behind the plate defensively.
Adding Realmuto would be a game-changer for the Mets, as they have not had a truly strong field general behind the plate since Paul Lo Duca. It would give them another strong bat in an already stellar offensive lineup. If you add him in alongside Bauer, it might just even make the Mets the team to beat in the NL East.
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There is no guarantee that a new Mets owner would even want to sign either Bauer or Realmuto, or that either would even want to come to the Mets. With the Wilpons exiting the picture however, it could be time for a culture of winning to come to Queens. Creating a dream battery of Bauer and Realmuto could be the benchmark move in bringing that culture.