NY Mets are three moves away from checkmating the rest of MLB
By Tim Boyle
Sign Trevor Bauer because he’s the best pitcher out there
Another obvious decision for the Mets is to add Trevor Bauer to the roster. The reigning NL Cy Young winner is the best pitcher available and it’s not even close. Bauer isn’t simply a starting pitcher depth piece. He’s a guy the Mets can lean on to help them through a slump. Heaven forbid Jacob deGrom gets hurt without a starter like Bauer around.
As an aside, is it heaven forbid or heaven’s forbid? Frankly, I would use much fouler language in this context if this wasn’t a family-friendly blog. Let me know!
We’ve covered plenty of reasons why the Mets and Bauer are a great match already here at Rising Apple. He’s actually a great fit for just about every team. Can you ever have enough pitching?
Adding Bauer to the mix gives the club a rotation with him, deGrom, Marcus Stroman, David Peterson, and Noah Syndergaard whenever he gets healthy. Until Thor is geared up for the season, they can get by with a combination of Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and anyone else you may want to put out there as the fifth starter temporarily.
Because I’m trying to capture the rest of the league’s king in only three moves, I’m not going to waste one on a veteran pitcher when I already have a few options available no matter how poor they are.
Bauer feels like the missing piece to the rotation. For the last few years, the club has had deGrom’s elite abilities followed up by talented pitchers that are up-and-down. Although Bauer’s resume fits this description, he appears to have reached the peak of his career. It couldn’t be a better time to sign him.