Trevor Bauer friend-zones the Mets
Sadly, for those hoping to see Trevor Bauer pitch for the Mets in 2021 and beyond, your heart will be broken a few weeks before Valentine’s Day. Bauer is not going to sign with the Mets. I curse this prediction, but it just feels like this is the way it goes.
The suitors for Bauer may not be plentiful this offseason because of the financial sufferings many teams have endured. However, there are still buyers out there and someone will pay Bauer some big bucks—even if it’s not the $200 million he wants. My prediction is he ends up with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Bauer is from Southern California and as long as the money is more than what the Mets offer, will likely take that deal. He doesn’t need the glitz and glamour of New York to make himself more popular/infamous than he already is. Bauer has somehow managed to make himself one of the most marketable players in the league by just being active on social media and with some, at times, brutal honesty.
The good news for the Mets is they have other directions to turn. They won’t leave this offseason empty-handed. Instead, they pick up a different veteran pitcher.
I honestly don’t feel confident enough to make any sort of prediction as to who the Mets do end up with. I believe it will be someone with good metrics and some “upside” left in him. Masahiro Tanaka feels like a strong possibility, even though he doesn’t quite fit this description. From a pure business standpoint, Tomoyuki Sugano could give the Mets a boost on the international market especially if he is a star.