Mets Rumors: Trevor Bauer is still a strong possibility for the 2021 rotation
By Tim Boyle
Just as we’ve all prepared ourselves to see New York Mets rumors go from superstars to final depth pieces, we get some new news about their offseason pursuit of free agents. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Mets may still be in on Trevor Bauer
Per Feinsand’s sources, the Mets and Los Angeles Angels are believed to be the two teams with the best shot at signing Bauer. This isn’t exactly surprising. From the start of the offseason, I think this was the case.
The Mets had a rough week. The firing of their general manager. Losing out on the George Springer bidding. It’s time for a victory.
Offseason Mets rumors and Trevor Bauer are kindred spirits
Offseason Mets rumors wouldn’t be complete without one more dip into the possibility of signing Bauer. Even before the 2020 World Series ended, fans dreamed of what it would look like to have one of the most electrifying starters in the game on their team.
Bauer is coming off a Cy Young season in a market that seems to lack interest in signing star players. This MLB winter has moved at a snail with a broken foot and nowhere to go’s pace. There is an abundance of free agents still available, but none quite as loud on and off the field as Bauer.
When the club pulled off their trade for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco, I think a lot of Mets fans accepted the possibility of the team not signing any of the top five free agents this winter. With this newest taste of Mets rumors, those fans may want to start getting excited again.
Do the Mets need Trevor Bauer?
The Mets have certainly made moves this offseason to make it possible to go into the 2021 season without Bauer on the roster. As it stands, they have a rotation with Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Carlos Carrasco. David Peterson is nearly a lock with only the fifth spot up for grabs. This would probably be a competition between Steven Matz and Joey Lucchesi—a pair of lefties holding down the fort until Noah Syndergaard returns in the summer.
If this is indeed the plan, it’s hard to see how Bauer fits in. Additionally, what could it mean for other possible extensions? Unless, of course, the Mets do the unthinkable and manage to sign Bauer to a one-year deal. In which case, go for it!
Bauer has long been one of the few players I thought the Mets needed most. My opinion changed this winter as they progressively built in a different manner than expected.
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Bauer still makes sense for the Mets simply because he makes them better. They don’t need him, though. I hope he enjoys Anaheim.