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NY Mets predictions and expectations for November 2020

Sep 17, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrate win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrate win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) throws a pitch in the second inning of an MLB Interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.Chicago White Sox At Cincinnati Reds

Trevor Bauer rumors highlight the month

Trevor Bauer isn’t going to sign with the Mets—at least not in November. Big deals like this just don’t happen in the first full month of the offseason. We’ll need to wait until December or January before those top-tier players ink a deal.

However, this doesn’t mean news involving the Mets and Bauer will just disappear. I expect one of the most outspoken men in the game to remain active on social media and raise his voice a little louder.

Whatever you think of Bauer, there’s no debate about his talent. He’s probably going to win a Cy Young. Just as likely, he’s going to get paid a lot of money in his next contract.

Rumors about Bauer signing with the Mets will highlight the month of November. Because the Mets need starting pitcher more than anything else, I predict the thinking shifts fully toward him and away from position players such as J.T. Realmuto and George Springer.

Behind the scenes, the front office may do things differently. Bauer isn’t the type of player the Mets would have signed in past offseasons. This franchise seems to prefer more mellow personalities sometimes with a slight edge. Bauer is about as edgy as it gets in baseball.

If you’re sick of hearing about Bauer going to the Mets or seeing debates about whether the team should target him or Marcus Stroman, I have some bad news. It’s not going to end. This will be what everyone is talking about in November. Until he has signed a deal, Bauer is going to be the king of the offseason.

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