Starting Pitcher Trevor Bauer
Another high profile free agent that has been the subject of Mets rumors since the end of the regular season is none other than recent Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer. We’ve heard chatter about Team President Sandy Alderson’s preferred interest in Bauer as well as seen a bit of a public flirtation between both Alderson and Bauer in the past which makes this fit more realistic than it may have been months ago.
It’s also fair to say out of all of the players included on this list the Mets are going to face the stiffest competition for Bauer, as multiple teams have been known to be interested in the 29-year old’s services as a front-line starting pitcher. Bauer has also been openly flirting with the possibility of pitching for just about every team in Major League Baseball on social media this offseason, which makes it nearly impossible to this point to determine which direction he is currently leaning.
With all of that being said, the organization will have the funds to pay Bauer which is something that many teams he has mentioned joining on social media may not be able to compete with. Ultimately Bauer is a complete wild card up to this point and it seems that the front office may not have a serious offer in Bauer’s possession until the George Springer situation resolves itself.
I give the Mets at this point a 50% chance of signing Bauer this winter, as there are so many other factors surrounding this situation that make it a bit complicated to understand how this may play out. If Springer doesn’t sign with the Mets, I believe Bauer would be the Mets’ top priority to get under contract. But if Springer does indeed sign with the Mets as expected, I still believe the organization will make a competitive market offer for Bauer to join the Mets starting rotation next season.
The percentage Trevor Bauer signs with New York Mets: 50%