The New York Mets have reportedly made a record offer to Trevor Bauer according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The deal isn’t for a record total amount of money, but according to Nightengale would set a record for the average annual value of the teal. Gerrit Cole currently makes $36,000,000 per season, which is tops in all of baseball. His deal is also for nine years. It’s not expected for Bauer to get a deal that long.
In 2020 Trevor Bauer took a big step forward. He found additional spin rate on all of his pitches, starting in the final month of 2019 and carrying over into 2020 and he was simply a different pitcher than he had been in previous seasons. Given what he’s said in the past about the only way he could add that kind of spin to his pitches, it would seem that Bauer began using some sort of substance to increase how much spin he was getting on the baseball. It led to a Cy Young Award, the first ever in the history of the Cincinnati Reds franchise, thanks to a league best 1.73 ERA in his 73.0 innings that saw him strike out 100 batters with just 17 walks.
While it seems that Major League Baseball doesn’t care much about whether or not pitchers are using pine tar or other substances to increase their grip, and their spin rates, unless it’s painfully obvious that it’s happening, the Mets and other teams aren’t exactly happy with Trevor Bauer’s past harassment of women on social media. Nightengale notes that the Mets are “evaluating all aspects of Bauer’s strong social media presence”.
The deal has reportedly been on the table for weeks according to Nightengale. But as this article was being typed up, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported that no offer has been made that would give Bauer the highest average salary in history, but that the Mets are interested in bringing the right-handed starter in.
There hasn’t been much talk about the Reds still being “in” on Trevor Bauer. The team mentioned they would have liked to bring him back when the offseason began. However, with the expected cost – either a very high dollar per year, short term offer, or a long term deal that gets into the 9-figure range, Cincinnati wasn’t expected to really be in contention to bring back the top pitcher in the National League.