Mets flirt with Trevor Bauer, it goes nowhere
The Mets have done plenty of flirting this winter with free agent starting pitcher Trevor Bauer. He has even spoken highly of Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson, leading many to believe the Mets could be one of his top choices.
In December, I expect the flirting to continue. But because Bauer is far and away the best free agent pitcher available on the market and people tend to do some dumb things with Christmas presents that land them on the IL which then puts a team into desperation mode to acquire a replacement, I think he waits until the New Year to sign.
Bauer is a great fit for the Mets’ rotation next year and should remain a top priority for the club. Every time there’s a rumor, rumble, or tweet relating to the two, we all perk up a little more.
The Mets are certainly one of the favorites to ink a deal with Bauer—the reigning NL Cy Young winner. They can offer him just as much, if not more, than any other ball club out there. Money, a chance to win, and the publicity of playing in the Big Apple should all help the Mets in their courting of Bauer.
There’s a slim chance Bauer does sign this month. However, I believe he’s waiting a little longer to see if he can squeeze a few million more out of Cohen or any other owner willing to budge. After all, this is the most important job interview of his life. He’s a free agent in the prime of his career coming off a Cy Young season. He’s going to get paid. It’s just a matter of waiting long enough to get the highest bidder to throw in a few more.
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