New York Mets owner Steve Cohen made it clear when he purchased the team recently that he plans to spend big, so it should come as no surprise that the Mets are in the running to sign one or more of the top free agents on the market.
The Mets are “moving closer” to signing outfielder George Springer and/or pitcher Trevor Bauer, Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Cohen would reportedly prefer to sign Springer, while Mets president Sandy Alderson is leaning toward Bauer. The possibility of the team signing both players cannot be ruled out.
Springer had a monster year in 2019 with career-highs virtually across the board. The 31-year-old hit .292 with 39 home runs, 96 RBI and an OPS of .974 with the Houston Astros. His production dipped a bit during the coronavirus-shortened season in 2020, as he hit just .265 in 51 games. The power numbers were there, however, as Springer belted 14 home runs and was on pace for more than 40 if he played a full season.
Bauer, the top free agent pitcher available, won the Cy Young Award after he led the National League with a 1.73 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP for the Cincinnati Reds last season. Alderson said publicly last month that he thinks Bauer would be a good fit for the Mets, and Bauer had a sarcastic response.
Cohen clearly is not looking to keep his payroll low, which is what Mets fans want to hear. It would be a surprise if his team didn’t land at least one top free agent.
Yasiel Puig has a new agent as he seeks a job for the 2021 season.
Rachel Luba announced via Twitter Monday that she is now representing Puig. Luba is known for being the agent for Trevor Bauer.
Puig and Bauer were actually part of the same trade in 2019 that sent the outfielder to Cleveland and the pitcher to Cincinnati.
Puig was supposed to sign with the Braves last season, but a positive COVID-19 test scuttled those plans. He did not end up playing last season.
Puig turns 30 in December and batted .267 with 24 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 2019. He comes with somewhat of a warning for Luba, as he was dropped by his agency in 2018. He later signed with Beverly Hills Sports Council.
Trevor Bauer became a Cy Young Award-winner thanks in large part to his superior work ethic. That work ethic was on display even before he won the award.
Bauer on Wednesday was announced as the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner. He received 27 of the 30 first-place votes. Yu Darvish received the other three votes and finished second.
Prior to the winner of the award was announced live on MLB Network, Bauer was doing a cardio workout, according to a member of his media team.
Bauer did change into a three-piece suit for his interview on MLB Network upon winning the award, but he wasn’t about to let the show keep him from working out.
Bauer is the first Cincinnati Reds pitcher to ever win the award. He is heading into free agency at the right time and already drawing interest.
Bauer went 5-4 with a league-best 1.73 ERA and 0.795 WHIP.
Trevor Bauer had a funny response to some possible interest in free agency from the New York Mets.
Bauer is one of the most desirable players on the free agent market and regarded by many as the top free agent pitcher. The Mets on Tuesday introduced new owner Steve Cohen, who shared his plans to spend big, with a goal of winning. That led to a question to Mets executive Sandy Alderson about whether the team would have interest in Bauer.
Alderson said on WFAN that he thought Bauer would be a good fit in New York.
“I actually think Bauer would be a great personality in New York. The kind of guy that fans would endorse. We’re in the entertainment business,” Alderson said.
Bauer, who has become one of the bigger personalities in MLB, responded sarcastically via Twitter.
“Nah…baseball isn’t entertainment. It’s boring and personality isn’t allowed. And this Bauer guy is going to be terrible in the New York media. Big head case. Couldn’t handle it,” he wrote.
Bauer seems to be up for the challenge of playing for the Mets if they sign him. But he also seems to be open to playing for any team in MLB.
The 29-year-old pitcher led the National League with an immaculate 1.73 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP for the Cincinnati Reds and is the favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award.
The San Diego Padres are on the upswing, and now they appear to have their eyes on the top free agent pitcher on the market.
Baseball writer Dan Federico reported Monday that the Padres are emerging as an early suitor for Trevor Bauer. Federico notes Bauer’s close relationship with Padres righty Mike Clevinger, his former Cleveland Indians teammate.
The 29-year-old Bauer just led the National League with an immaculate 1.73 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP for the Cincinnati Reds, albeit in the shortened 2020 season. The Padres, meanwhile, made it to the NLDS this year after many consecutive seasons of losing baseball. They still lack a reliable top of the rotation though, Clevinger aside.
Bauer and Clevinger do have a fairly tight friendship, perhaps aided in no small part by their mutual hatred of the Houston Astros.
Trevor Bauer continues to drum up demand as he enters free agency.
The 29-year-old teased the Houston Astros and their fans on Thursday. He posted a photo of a ticket for a flight he was taking from Las Vegas, Nev. to Houston, Texas.
Later he posted a photo of himself in front of Minute Maid Park, which is the home of the Astros.
Bauer joked in one of his posts about being a “heel.” That’s because few players ripped the Astros for cheating more than he has.
Despite his history of jabbing the Astros, Bauer is open to signing with them in free agency. He even seems to be willing to abandon his pledge to only do one-year deals.
Bauer is shaping up to be one of the most desired players on the free agent market. The former No. 3 overall pick is coming off his best season as a pro and led the league with a 1.73 ERA. This marked Bauer’s best season since 2018, when he went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA and made his first All-Star team.
Trevor Bauer has taken an unorthodox approach to his impending free agency, but it appears his latest move is a bit more traditional.
Bauer has said in the past that he only wants to sign one-year deals for the rest of his career. He believed this approach would ensure him flexibility and leverage, as well as, as well as the opportunity to pitch for a contender.
With Bauer about to hit free agency, however, he seems to be changing his stance. Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, tweeted Sunday that Bauer was open to considering any and all offers.
Maybe Bauer hasn’t changed his preferences at all. That said, this is just logical. There’s no use in Bauer limiting his market in any way just as he’s about to become one of the top free agent pitchers available. Some teams may have interest in Bauer, but would be unwilling to offer him a one-year contract. Bauer would be doing himself a disservice if he didn’t even hear them out. Plus, there are other ways he could get what he wants, such as the insertion of opt-out clauses in his contract.
This unorthodox aspect of Bauer’s free agency may be off the table. That doesn’t mean he’s not using other unusual methods to try to heighten interest.
Trevor Bauer will be one of the top free agents available this offseason, and he is already doing his best to create a market for himself.
The NL Cy Young Award favorite sent a tweet on Wednesday night after seeing the New York Yankees lose Game 3 of their ALDS with the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4. Bauer thinks the Yankees could use a pitcher like him.
He’s not wrong.
Masahiro Tanaka allowed five runs in four-plus innings on Wednesday. Aaron Boone pulled Deivi Garcia after just one inning against Tampa Bay on Tuesday and went to J.A. Happ, who allowed four runs and took the loss. Gerrit Cole, the team’s big free agent signing last offseason, delivered with a win in Game 1.
Jordan Montgomery is scheduled to start in Game 4. James Paxton is the team’s other starter, but he has been out since August with an elbow injury.
Bauer is right; the Yankees could use some ace-level pitching. Bauer went 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA this season and pitched 7.2 scoreless innings in the postseason for the Reds. He has said he will only sign one-year deals.
It’s obvious that the 29-year-old free agent is willing to sign with just about anyone.
Trevor Bauer and Ronald Acuña Jr. engaged in a bit of a sparring match on Twitter recently, but the Cincinnati Reds pitcher showed on Tuesday that he has his rival’s back.
Acuña was hit by Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara in his second at-bat of Game 1 of the NLDS on Tuesday night. Many, including Acuña, felt the plunking was intentional after the star center fielder belted an opposite-field home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Acuña took to Twitter after the game to taunt the Marlins for hitting him because they can’t get him out.
The Marlins may have also been upset that Acuña flipped his bat following the homer. Bauer defended Acuña and said he has every right to flip his bat after a moonshot like the one he hit.
Bauer’s opinion is significant given what happened during the NL Wild Card Series between the Braves and Reds. Acuña trolled Bauer on social media after Atlanta advanced to the NLDS, and Bauer responded with a funny video of his own. The trash talk seemed friendly enough, and Bauer’s defense of Acuña on Tuesday indicates he is not holding a grudge.
Trevor Bauer is set to become a free agent this offseason for the first time, and he’s not taking any options off the table.
Bauer has been famously critical of the Houston Astros over their sign-stealing operation in 2017. Still, he said Saturday that if they came calling, he would at least listen.
Bauer is being smart. There is no need for him to limit his market, even if it’s a team he dislikes.
If Bauer did join the Astros, things would be pretty awkward. He has repeatedly mocked the team and had issues with one of their top players.
Would that be enough to turn off Houston’s management? Maybe Bauer’s possible Cy Young season this year would get them to overlook it.