Pete Alonso: I Don’t Care What They Use

New York Mets’ first baseman Pete Alonso told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that he doesn’t care what a pitcher uses when on the mound. This is in pertains to MLB cracking down on pitchers that use a sticky substance to gain advantage over the batter.

I’d rather guys have as much stick as possible and focus on throwing the ball in the box as opposed to taking it away from them”

Pete Alonso on SNY

What was next said what quite interesting, however. Alonso stated, “The biggest concern is MLB manipulates the baseballs year in and year out depending on the free agency class.”

It’s no secret that the MLB seems to make changes to the baseball quite often and this is a very interesting take from someone that is embedded in the baseball fraternity. Players such as Trevor Bauer, Gerrit Cole, and even Jacob deGrom as of recent, have been accused of doctoring the baseball for extra RPM and movement of their pitches.

Trevor Bauer: A Bullet Dodged

Since the beginning of the off-season, I have been 100% against the Mets signing Trevor Bauer, but since he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, I feel like the Mets dodged a wicked bullet. Why you may ask? I’ll be glad to tell you.

The simple reason, he’s a head case, but that’s not to say he’s a bad person.

Here’s the in depth reason why the Mets dodged a wicked Bullet.

He’s a head case in the sense that he is very defensive on social media to anyone who isn’t a fan of his and is in love with his character on twitter based off of a 60 game, 11 start season. Keep in mind, during the 2020 season, he faced off against teams that were mostly “lightweights” from the National League Central Division and the American League Central Division. In his 11 starts last year Bauer only had to face the Brewers, Detroit, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Cubs and the White Sox. In my opinion, the only two teams who were really good were the two Chicago teams in the Cubs and White Sox. There’s no denying that Bauer had a brilliant season, but it begs the question, would Bauer be able to keep it up for 20 more start equaling up to 31+ Starts?

I personally don’t think he would be able to keep up a great pace when facing stronger teams in the National League like the National League East and West where Bauer would have to face the Mets, Braves, Dodgers, Nationals, Rockies, Arizona, Padres, etc. I don’t think Bauer would be able to keep up the pace against teams that were much better than those in the Central with the exception being The Cubs.

So why was I so against Trevor Bauer coming to the Mets? You may remember recently that the Mets terminated Jared Porter from the GM position and ousted from the Mets because of his inappropriate texting to a reporter. Now, I’m not saying Trevor Bauer has done anything of that magnitude, but he has harassed a woman online who wasn’t a fan of his for over 12 hours. Bauer is very defensive about himself on social media and is usually quick to strike if you criticize him. This woman he harassed was a college student who clearly wasn’t a fan of his and made a tweet because she was an Astros fan. Bauer took that and ran with it so far that the woman had to block him on social media for a few reasons. The first was that Bauer was tweeting at her nonstop. After she blocked him, Bauer continued to tweet about her and even sent his followers to continue to harass her.

While he may have apologized several days later, this kind of behavior is unacceptable. It’s one thing to have a small back and forth and it being completely harmless, but it’s another to go off on her for over 12 hours and also sending your followers to continue the job for you. If the Mets signed Trevor Bauer, owner Steve Cohen would have to keep a very sharp eye on Bauer’s twitter activity.

Another reason why the Mets dodged the Bauer Bullet, is because his demands for payment were absolutely ludicrous. He was demanding 40 million dollars not only based on what he did in a 60 game season, but because his former college teammate Gerrit Cole makes 36 Million dollars with the Yankees. The issue is, I don’t think Bauer will be able to repeat his 2020 success for the simple reason being that 2021 will be a full 162 games season where he’ll face the entire National League as well as play interleague games against the American League West which contains the Astros, Rangers, Angels, Athletics and Mariners. While the AL West is no glorious division, it provides more competition in the Angels, Athletics and Astros than AL central had to offer.

The dodgers signed Trevor Bauer to a 3 year $102 million deal which gives him $40 million his first year and an opt out, $45 million the second year and an opt out. After that year, he’ll make $17 Million which will be surprising if he stays for a third unless injuries or a bad year happens. The Mets offer was similar in 3 years where he would’ve made $40 million the first year, $35 million the second year and $30 million the third year. After a great 11 starts against mostly weak teams, he’s just not worth of that kind of money. If Bauer puts up that kind of performance in a 162 game season, 30+ starts and maintained that, then I can agree with him getting a big deal, but even still, he’s not worth what he got.

Leading up to his signing with the Dodgers, Bauer gave the okay to his marketing team to push Mets and Dodgers apparel to troll both Mets and Dodger fans which included Bauer shirts, signed hats etc. Some time after he signed with the Dodgers, Bauer issued an apology to the Mets fans saying that he blamed reporting on the backlash. He also blamed his social media and marketing team, and claimed he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. I call BS. He knew exactly what he was getting into when he gave the okay for the marketing team to sell the Mets and Dodgers merchandise. His apology was a PR stunt to try and keep his social media character going and after words, he donated $10 grand to some New York non-profit charities. The only good gesture in his apology was the donations in my opinion. Aside from that, he made his reveal to the Dodgers “LeBron esque” with a YouTube reveal because he wanted all the attention. He got it alright.

The Mets are better off and honestly, I think after the trolling on social media, he would not be able to survive against the New York Media, especially if he didn’t put up respectable numbers for a “40 Million Dollar pitcher.” The media would eat him alive and he wouldn’t be able to handle it.

I wish Bauer nothing but the Best in LA. Do I think he’ll replicate his 2020 numbers? Absolutely not. Do I think he has a chance to be great? Absolutely. Do I think he’ll be better than Jacob deGrom, Gerrit Cole, Clayton Kershaw or even Max Scherzer? I doubt it, but he has a chance to be….A very small one, but a chance nonetheless. I doubt he’ll ever be as great or even have the career those 4 pitchers have, but this is his chance to prove me wrong. If he doesn’t put up respectable numbers with the Dodgers and reverts back to his 4 ERA self, it’ll prove that 2020 was only a fluke due to it being a shortened season against a weak division and a weak interleague counterpart.

Bauer Announcement was Fun

Bauer announced his new team on Friday in a different way. Just before his YouTube announcement, he shared a couple of giveaways on his website. First a signed Mets cap, then a signed Dodgers cap, and finally a signed Angels cap. He also shared some Mets designed shirts by Athlete Logos, which unfortunately won’t be up for sale.

It was followed by a very well made clip on YouTube that ended with Bauer in a Dodgers uniform. It was then that it was announced that he will be a Dodger.

While loads of fans are mad about the way Bauer handled it but I think it was a great thing. Baseball off-seasons tend to be boring and a long stretched process. Writers and rumors make the discussion possible for who you to hope your team gets a player. We at Mets Junkies would write articles about targets for the Mets to sign in order to get some discussions going, but what do we know about the plans in the front offices? It’s all speculation!

The Bauer announcement had me hooked on my phone for a full day. The anxiety of his decisions killed me, but it is an emotion that makes the sport so great. For me this was like a tight and important game feeling in the middle of the off-season. How does this come to an end? Where does Bauer sign?

As I was scrolling through my twitter feed, I saw the Mets cap giveaway. I thought that the Mets took an early lead. We are going to get him! The Dodgers then tied the game later with a cap giveaway of it’s own. Me and my girlfriend chuckled and smiled about how Bauer and his crew is doing this. Eventually, the Dodgers walked it off with the video announcement of him signing with the Dodgers. How cool was that video by Taiki Green? It was stunning!

It was fun, different and exciting all at the same time. Players were into it. It was simply a great way to announce one of the biggest free agents of the year.

Kudos to Bauer, Momentum, Rachel Luba and Taiki Green among all the others for how they announced it. I had a blast and got into baseball fever with less than two weeks to pitchers and catchers. Can’t wait to watch the vlogs and him giving fans an inside look.

Congrats to Bauer and Rachel Luba on a great deal! Now time for the Mets to beat him up in the playoffs!

Dodgers sign Trevor Bauer

In a crazy 30 days in which the Mets fired and hired a new GM, Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson, Zack Scott and the Mets missed out on Trevor Bauer, according to Jon Heyman.

Bauer, who is represented by Rachel Luba of Luba Sports, could’ve joined a rotation that currently has two-time Cy Young award winner in Jacob deGrom as the one-two Ace combo. Here’s what the rotation could’ve look like…

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Trevor Bauer
  3. Marcus Stroman
  4. David Peterson
  5. Steven Matz

The Mets can now focus on a few different areas as opposed to just one. I expect the team fill a few of those holes in the near future.

Photo from David Kohl, USA TODAY Sports

Source: Jon Heyman

Why the Mets are a Perfect Fit for Trevor Bauer

The New York Mets have emerged as front-runners to sign defending Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer.

The Mets have seemingly emerged as front-runners for Trevor Bauer, per Jon Morosi and other Twitter sources. Bauer, 30, is coming off the best season of his major league career. Not only did he win the Cy Young award in 2020, but he led the league in ERA and WHIP.

This entire off-season, the Mets have always been a name associated with Bauer. The Dodgers, Giants, Angels, and Padres all were also in on Bauer. However, reports are that Bauer has narrowed it down to the Mets and the Dodgers.

Bauer will not come cheap. Rumors are the Mets have offered him around $30M AAV, which would possibly put the Mets over the luxury tax limit. This comes as well with the concern of not being able to extend Michael Conforto and Francisco Lindor.

Many Mets fans are wondering the same thing- why would this deal make sense for the Mets?

There are many answers to that question.

If the Mets acquire Bauer, the rotation would probably look like this-

  1. Jacob DeGrom
  2. Trevor Bauer
  3. Marcus Stroman
  4. Carlos Carrasco
  5. David Peterson/ Noah Syndergaard

Many could argue that would immediately give the Mets the best rotation in baseball, which would in turn make them favorites to win the NL East.

Regardless of the dollar count on the contract, this deal will be beneficial for the Mets in many ways. Rumors are that the deal would include an opt-out at the end of 2021. If that’s the case, is it really worthwhile to sign a player for a big contract just for him to leave after one season? Here are some of the reasons why.

First off, it makes the Mets World Series contenders in 2021. The Mets will have one of the best lineup/rotation in baseball. This immediately makes 2021 a World Series contending year for the Mets.

Many people wonder how this will impact the extensions of Francisco Lindor and Michael Conforto. If Bauer decides to opt out after the 2021 season, they will be able to extend both Lindor and Conforto at that time. Although fans want to see them extended this season, the Mets have a period of time that they can do so after the season. If the Mets decide to wait until next off-season to extend them, they will have the ability to do so with more money to spend.

Jon Heyman reported that the Bauer chase is down to the Mets and Dodgers, and that he will be likely making a decision within the next 24 hours.

Photo from David Kohl, USA TODAY Sports

Mets Gaining Steam for Bauer

According to Pat Ragazzo, the Mets are gaining ground in their pursuit of raining NL CY Young award winner Trevor Bauer. Talks have been heating up and with Spring Training getting closer, we could finally have a final decision.

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Could this weekend be the weekend of the decision? Buckle up Mets fans!