The New York Mets found themselves in a strange situation earlier in the week. After their justified move to fire their general manager, they were spurned by George Springer, who signed with the Blue Jays. Suddenly, their primary focus in free agency was no longer available.
Mets looking to create dominant rotation
Adding Bauer would certainly give the Mets a distinct advantage in the NL East. New York would have a formidable rotation, with Jacob deGrom, Marcus Semien, Carlos Carrasco, and David Peterson. With Noah Syndergaard expected to be ready by June, few teams could match that rotation if all of those arms remain healthy.
Bauer does have other suitors. The Dodgers, Angels, and Blue Jays are all believed to remain interested in bringing the reigning NL Cy Young winner to their teams. It is not hyperbolic to say that Bauer could sway the balance of the postseason chase depending on where he signs.
There is no question that he will receive a lucrative deal wherever he signs. Bauer timed his career season perfectly, as he posted a league leading 1.73 ERA and a 0.795 WHiP, striking out 100 batters with 17 walks in his 73 innings.
Should the Mets sign Bauer, they would likely become the prohibitive favorites in the NL East. The trio of deGrom, Bauer, and eventually Syndergaard, would potentially be the best in the game. With their upgrades on offense, the Mets would have to be considered a strong contender to return to the World Series.
The New York Mets have reportedly pivoted to focus on Trevor Bauer in free agency. If they do manage to sign him, their rotation could be second to none.