If it’s up to Sandy Alderson — and Steve Cohen’s checkbook — the Mets could have three straight NL Cy Young Award winners in their rotation next season. Hours after new owner Steve Cohen vowed
If it’s up to Sandy Alderson — and Steve Cohen’s checkbook — the Mets could have three straight NL Cy Young Award winners in their rotation next season.
Hours after new owner Steve Cohen vowed to use his estimated $14 billion net worth to finally give the Mets a budget that reflects a big market team, Sandy Alderson discussed his interest in potentially signing Trevor Bauer, the Cy Young favorite and top free-agent pitcher available this offseason.
While Bauer — who posted a league-low 1.73 ERA this season — would undoubtedly strengthen the rotation headed by Jacob deGrom, who won Cy Youngs in 2018 and 2019, the Mets president also said he believes the outspoken 29-year-old’s personality would play well in Queens, too.
“I actually think Bauer would be a great personality in New York,” Alderson said on WFAN. “[He’s] the kind of guy that fans would endorse. We’re in the entertainment business.”
Bauer, who rejected the Reds’ $18.9 million qualifying offer last week, has teased several teams on Twitter over the past month, hinting at his interest in signing with them. On Tuesday, Bauer increased speculation while posing for a photo with numerous teams’ hats, including the Mets.
Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, previously discussed her client’s interest in playing in a big market. In his nine seasons — Bauer has gone 75-64 with a 3.90 ERA since being selected third overall in the 2011 draft — the former All-Star has spent all but four games of his career in Ohio, including seven years with the Indians.
“He’s a fan of big markets, in terms of building his brand,” Luba said. “I think he’s made it very clear and he’s good at it. He’s good at finding creative ways to build a brand. He built a pretty incredible brand, especially over, I think, the last year, after being in … an entirely Ohio market. So, if you can build the brand that he has in an Ohio market, imagine what he can do in a bigger market.”