The New York Mets have emerged as the favorites to signal free-agent pitcher and reigning Cy Young award winner Trevor Bauer, a supply told Mesmerized.
Source: I’m being told that the #Mets have now emerged as the favorites to land free-agent pitcher Trevor Bauer. While no deal is imminent at the moment, talks have been heating up as of late
— Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) February 4, 2021
While no deal is imminent in the meanwhile, talks have been heating up between the 2 sides.
And as Andy Martino of SNY reported on Thursday afternoon, the belief across the business is that the Mets and Bauer are very serious.
MLB Insider Jon Heyman additionally hopped in on the motion backing up that the Mets are engaged with Bauer and added that the organization expects to listen to an answer within the subsequent 24 hours or so.
Mets are engaged with Trevor Bauer. They expect to hear something — one way or another — in the next 24 hours or so. Situation is fluid but there’s hope. @ByRobertMurray tweeted that the sides are talking.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 4, 2021
Bauer is claimed to be open to each short and long term offers — whereas seeking an AAV of $36 million, which might make him the highest-paid beginning pitcher in baseball — surpassing Gerrit Cole‘s $35 million AAV with the Yankees.
In mid-January, the Mets reportedly offered Bauer between 3-4 years, $30 million a yr with opt-outs, per Martino.
The 30-year-old Bauer has been closely linked to the Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers recently with some speculating that he may make his decision in the coming few days.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand confirmed the Dodgers were still within the mix for Bauer along with the Mets –whereas Bauer’s agent Rachel Luba tweeted out that they were down to their ultimate two groups, which provided further evidence that Bauer’s free agency is coming to a head.
Down to 2️⃣
— Rachel Luba (@AgentRachelLuba) February 4, 2021
If the Mets are unable to land Bauer, they may pivot to free-agent starter Jake Odorizzi, who they showed curiosity in at first of free agency.
Odorizzi has familiarity with Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, who was with the Minnesota Twins as an assistant pitching coach during Odorizzi’s All-Star season again in 2019.
Keep tuned as Mesmerized will have you lined on what’s next in the Bauer saga!