USA Today’s Bob Nightengale also says that the Mets are the “favorites” to land Bauer.
Free-agent starter Trevor Bauer, who received a lucrative contract formal offer from the #Mets about 10 days ago, would certainly have plenty of marketing opportunities in NY with his social media brand. The Mets are the favorites to land the top starter on the market.
The New York Mets are considered one of the favorites to sign Trevor Bauer, and they are prepared to give the star pitcher the highest salary in MLB history.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported on Tuesday that the Mets have made Bauer a formal offer. While the offer does not exceed the total value of the nine-year, $324 million contract Gerrit Cole signed with the New York Yankees last year, the average annual value is higher than Cole’s $36 million.
Bauer may not be looking for anything close to the length of Cole’s contract, as he previously said he will only sign one-year deals throughout his career. He has since backed down from that, but it is reasonable to assume he would prefer a shorter contract than the one Cole signed with the Yankees.
Nightengale notes that the Mets are evaluating “all aspects of Bauer’s strong social media presence,” as they are very conscious about their image in the wake of ex-GM Jared Porter’s sexual harassment scandal and firing. Bauer is known for speaking his mind, and he got into it with a female college student on Twitter two years ago. The student said she felt harassed by Bauer, and Bauer later apologized.
The market for free agent pitcher Trevor Bauer appears to be heating up, but two teams may be at the forefront of it.
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the New York Mets and Los Angeles Angels are believed to be the teams with the best shot at Bauer at this time. The Mets, backed by new owner Steve Cohen’s financial backing, are a serious threat, and could pair Bauer with Jacob deGrom at the top of their rotation. The Angels are in need of a No. 1 starter, and Bauer is a Southern California native who would be returning home by signing there.
The free-spending Toronto Blue Jays may not be done yet in the free agent market.
The Blue Jays signed outfielder George Springer to a $150 million deal on Tuesday in one of the biggest moves of the offseason. There was some thought that such a significant financial commitment would rule Toronto out of pursuing any other big name free agents, but that does not appear to be the case.
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Blue Jays are not necessarily out on Bauer even after signing Springer.
Toronto's signing of George Springer would seemingly take the Blue Jays out of the market for Trevor Bauer, but I'm told that might not necessarily be true. If Toronto gets Bauer to lead its rotation, the Jays would be a tough team for the AL to deal with in 2021.
The Blue Jays have the luxury of a rather young and subsequently inexpensive core of key players, at least for the moment. That could allow them to stretch the payroll a bit and bring in guys like Bauer to compete now.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are projected to have the highest payroll in baseball in 2021, but that does not mean they are opposed to spending big this offseason.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Wednesday that the Dodgers are closely monitoring the market for starting pitcher Trevor Bauer. While they have other needs to fill outside their starting rotation, the defending World Series champions could be interested in Bauer at the right price.
What would that price be? As ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez notes, Mookie Betts is the only player on L.A.’s roster who is under contract beyond the 2022 season. The Dodgers will have to spend big to keep Cody Bellinger and Walker Buehler by then, but it’s possible they could have interest in a shorter deal at a high average annual value for Bauer.
Bauer would obviously solidify the Dodgers’ spot as the team to beat in the National League. He’s coming off a Cy Young season in which he went 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA and 100 strikeouts in just 73 innings.
The San Francisco Giants may have an ace up their sleeve in the form of one of Trevor Bauer’s old teammates.
New Giants catcher Curt Casali, who signed a one-year deal with the team this week, appeared Tuesday on KNBR in San Francisco. In his interview, Casali said that he was already trying to recruit Bauer to the Giants.
Bauer, the top free agent pitcher on the market, was teammates with Casali on the Cincinnati Reds for the last two seasons. Casali also caught Bauer for six of Bauer’s 11 starts in his NL Cy Young-winning 2020 campaign.
Trevor Bauer is not pleased about a report that came out Tuesday claiming he is seeking a record-setting contract in free agency.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweeted on Tuesday that Bauer is looking for a five- or six-year deal at somewhere between $36 and $40 million per year. Heyman said he reached out to Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, for confirmation on the numbers, but Luba declined to comment. Or did she?
Bauer accused Heyman of not actually reaching out to Luba to verify the information. Luba said she never had a chance to open Heyman’s text messages and that she only declined comment in response to something he asked her in a previous conversation.
Allllllsooooooo if you’re going to go out of your way to report that someone declines to comment you might want to make sure it’s ACTUALLY true (*it’s not*). Don’t you have to actually talk to someone for them to “decline”? Wouldn’t want to be fake news now would we Jonny boy? https://t.co/lyn4UIL58j
I’ve been traveling all day and haven’t opened your texts re contract lengths and $ amounts. If you’re referring to prior conversations we’ve had, when I declined to comment, I feel it’s disingenuous to tweet this without giving me a chance to respond to your texts this evening.
Gerrit Cole, who signed a nine-year, $324 million deal with the Yankees last season, set the record for average annual value of a contract at $36 million. Bauer has said throughout his career that he will only sign one-year deals, but he has apparently changed his mind if Heyman’s information is accurate. Though, it seems like the right-hander wants us to think it is not.
Heyman is a respected reporter, so it’s hard to believe he would fabricate information about Bauer’s agent declining comment. Perhaps there was some sort of misunderstanding in the text exchange.
Trevor Bauer is considered the top free agent on the market this offseason, and his asking price is said to be very high.
MLB reporter Jon Heyman said on Twitter Tuesday that a team interested in Bauer suggests the pitcher is looking for a five or six-year deal. Bauer reportedly is seeking $36 to $40 million per season.
Interested teams suggest Trevor Bauer seeks a 5- or 6-year deal for $36M to $40M (about $200M). Bauer is coming off a brilliant Cy Young season but the star market is slow. The record AAV is $36M by Bauer’s UCLA teammate Gerrit Cole. Agent Rachel Luba declines comment on talks.
A 5-year deal at $36 million per season would be $180 million. If he were to get six years at $40 million per season, that would be $240 million. Gerrit Cole, who signed 9-year, $324 million deal with the Yankees last season, set the record with an average of $36 million per season.
Trevor Bauer is probably the most desirable pitcher on the free agent market, and he is receiving interest from many teams. Bauer even asked fans to make their pitch as well, and then he ranked the pitches of those teams’ fans.
Bauer gave Yankees fans lots of plaudits for their pitches to him. While discussing the Yankees, he addressed questions about his relationship with Gerrit Cole.
“They seem to think they have to sell me getting along with Cole and the media market not being too bad. And that’s just a fake news story,” Bauer said of a pitch from the Yankees. “I get along fine with my teammates. I don’t have any problem with Gerrit at all. I’ve said that multiple times, but the media just likes to run with it.”
The stories about Cole and Bauer have been publicized over the last several years. The two were ace pitchers while teammates at UCLA and then went Nos. 1 and 3 in the 2011 MLB Draft. There has been talk that they didn’t get along great at UCLA due to their opposing styles and personalities. Bauer has been insisting the last few years though that he has no issues with his former teammate.
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.