Three members of the 2020 Cincinnati Reds rotation have been linked in one way or another to the New York Mets. Which starter makes the most sense?
The New York Mets need a pitcher. This was the case last offseason. It was the scenario during the season. Nothing has changed.
The Cincinnati Reds, meanwhile, have two quality starters on the roster they are reportedly shopping this winter. There’s also another guy in free agency available. He, like the other two, pitched for the Reds in 2020. Now a target of the Mets, maybe he is the solution.
I’ve teased enough. You already know their names. But which of these 2020 Reds pitchers makes the most sense in Flushing?
Getting Trevor Bauer is pretty easy. All you have to do is throw a really big coin purse at him filled with cash and he’s a member of the Mets.
All it will take to snipe this former Reds pitcher is the right amount of money. The question for the Mets is whether or not they feel he is the right money for the job and if the price is fair enough.
As the offseason has progressed, it feels less likely that Bauer will end up pitching for this ball club. While we cannot rule him out just yet, there doesn’t seem to be much momentum toward the Mets adding him.
In Steve Cohen’s own words, they’re not out there to spend like drunken sailors. Paying Bauer the kind of money he’s looking for is like unloading a whole lot of pirate’s booty.
Still, Bauer makes a lot of sense for the Mets. They don’t have to give up anything other than cash to get him. He’d be a great number two behind Jacob deGrom. The only obstacle in the way is the desire from the front office. Do they feel the same way about Bauer that many fans did earlier on in the offseason?