Mets: Priority free agents to sign with no more Robinson Cano dough
The connection of Trevor Bauer to the Mets seems to grow bigger by the day, with the latest praise coming directly from Bauer’s agent on Twitter regarding Steve Cohen’s response to a fan on payroll flexibility. Cohen had responded to a fan on Twitter who asked Cohen if the Mets would spend the recent influx of cash on players or a bullpen cart, with the Cohen responding, “Spend it on players, bullpen cart can wait.” Bauer’s agent Rachel Luba retweeted the response from the Mets owner while also adding, “SPEND IT ON PLAYERS. Music to every agents’ ears. Music to every players’ ears. Music to every fans’ ears.”
One of the biggest weaknesses that destroyed the Mets playoff chances in 2020 was the ineffectiveness of the starting rotation behind Jacob deGrom aside from impressive rookie David Peterson. The Mets currently have both of them penciled into the starting rotation and with Marcus Stroman re-signing for the 2021 season, the Mets have two potential starting rotation spots available as there is no firm timetable on Noah Syndergaard’s return as of yet.
The Mets have the rare ability to construct a super-rotation with the addition of Bauer this offseason. While there is a bit of a question mark as far as what Bauer’s asking price and amount of years on a deal are going to be, the Mets undeniably can front-load a multi-year contract for the 29-year old pitcher in 2021 based on his Cy Young Award-winning season in 2020.
For the Mets to make a serious push in a crowded National League East they are going to have to improve upon their starting pitching from last season, and Bauer’s addition will instantly propel the team to a legitimate contender next season.