Wednesday evening, we got a clearer picture of what the New York Mets are offering reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer.
SNY's Andy Martino reports that the Mets offer currently is "for four years or less," adding that they are not currently willing to meet the $36 million average annual value that Bauer is looking for. The offer, however, does include "opt out(s)," leaving you with the impression that Bauer could return to the free-agent market in relatively short order if he sees a chance to make more money. Martino added that there's no indication that the two sides are close to a deal.
Bauer showed out in the pandemic-shortened season, going 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA, 2.88 FIP and 2.5 fWAR for the Cincinnati Reds. RADIO.COM MLB Insider Jon Heyman previously reported that the Reds aren't mounting a serious effort to retain Bauer. Ken Rosenthal said earlier this week that the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers remain in the hunt for Bauer, though we don't know if either will top the Mets offer, in terms of years or average annual value.
In their first offseason under new owner Steve Cohen, the Mets have already been very active. Marcus Stroman returned to the team after accepting their qualifying offer, and the team has signed catcher James McCann and reliever Trevor May. Additionally, the club landed superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor and righty Carlos Carrasco, former teammates of Bauer, in a trade with Cleveland.
The Mets promoted Zack Scott to acting general manager Wednesday, following the dismissal of Jared Porter last week after an ESPN story emerged that saw him sending sexually explicit messages to a former reporter.