Bauer or bust?
by John Jastremski
Feb 10, 2021 | 6537 views | 0 0 comments | 856 856 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I was relieved on Friday that pitcher Trevor Bauer finally decided what his future in free agency was going to be.

I was sick of the dog-and-pony show. I was sick of the different hats and social media posts.

Bauer's free agency may have helped me on a slow mid-week night, but I was ready for a conclusion to the question looming over this winter: will Trevor Bauer be a New York Met?

Despite the fanfare and the constant teases on social media, the answer ultimately was no.

Bauer signed a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and I wasn't the least bit surprised. He's a California guy, the Dodgers have the best team in baseball, and he wanted to play there. More power to you for that good sir.

The nature in which Bauer's free agency played out, though, gave the sense that the Mets in many ways were played like a fiddle.

In order for Trevor Bauer to get the contract he wanted from the Dodgers, I believe he used the Mets for leverage to get more, more and more.

I can accept that, because it's part of the business. However, the whole social media teasing and taunting of the Mets fan base with hats, shirts and emails is something that I could've done without.

In fact, his free agency is why, in many ways, I had serious reservations about Trevor Bauer being able to handle the pressure and scrutiny of pitching in New York.

His personality may not be cut out for the New York market, but make no mistake that the Mets wanted Trevor Bauer.

They offered him a boatload of money over a three-year span and were willing to go the extra mile to get him, something that they were not willing to do with George Springer just a few weeks ago.

The ownership change this offseason had Mets fans dreaming about almost every free agent available. Back in November, the idea of not ending up with either Bauer, Springer or JT Realmuto seemed like a very disappointing and underwhelming offseason.

However, I don't feel that way at all.

They landed their big fish in a trade with the Cleveland Indians, acquiring shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.

Lindor is one of the best players in baseball, and he was the “move the needle” type of trade that the Mets needed to make.

They are a much better baseball team than they were in September of 2020.

They added a catcher, they added bullpen arms, and they brought in two potential game changers from the Cleveland Indians.

Steve Cohen was adamant in his opening press conference that he was looking to build a championship team in three to five years.

They have positioned themselves to be a playoff team, but a notch below the Dodgers, Braves and Padres in the way-too-soon 2021 National League power rankings.

The addition of Springer or Bauer would have taken them up another notch in the pecking order, but with longterm ramifications down the road.

I would've prioritized Springer, I thought he was the bigger miss. That said, I like where the Mets are headed going into the new season.

It wasn't “Bauer or Bust” for this offseason. It's been a good one, and that will be proven true come spring.

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