The Daily Fix: 2/4

Mets Maintain Interest in Odorizzi as Fallback Option for Bauer

According to Jim Morosi, the Mets are one of the teams showing interest in Jake Odorizzi. This isn’t news, however with the addition of Carrasco this seemed less likely. After the Mets decided to trade Matz, getting a starter is back in their plans.

Bauer is the Mets main target right now and recent reports have shown that. Bauer and the Mets could be heading towards a deal, however the Mets need a back up plan. In comes Jake Odorizzi, who the Mets have liked and have been linked to from the start of the off-season.

Odorizzi is coming off a lost season due to injuries but was a stellar arm in years past. Prior to the 2020 season, Odorizzi pitched to a 3.88 ERA from 2013-2019. In 2019 he had his best year pitching to a 3.51 ERA/1.20 WHIP and 10.1 strikeouts per nine. In that season he developed a great relationship with current Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner.

The 30 year old reportedly wants a 3 or 4 year deal. He is expected to get around 13 mil AAV for his services.

Stars are aligning for Bauer/Mets Marriage

By Jeremy M

The romance began shortly after Sandy Anderson’s opening press conference as the new President of the new and improved New York Mets (Steve Cohen’s Mets).

In his very first radio interview with the (also) brand new WFAN drive time tag team of Craig Carton and Evan Roberts, the historically reticent baseball executive, Alderson, gushed about Bauer, catching so many Mets fans in almost a state of disbelief.

“I actually think Bauer would be a great personality in New York. The kind of guy that fans would endorse. We’re in the entertainment business.” Alderson explained.

Trevor Bauer, MLB’s reigning Cy Young winner and social media bad boy, might be courted by the Mets? The same Mets that had reasoned away not pursuing Alex Rodriguez in 2000, as it being unfair to other players (24 and 1 couldn’t work they said), this organization was now throwing out pick-up lines into the social media universe for today’s premiere primadonna…Bauer…can this be true?

But like all high profile figures, its one thing to flirt, it’s another thing to back that up with a hard commitment. Stars need more than a swipe right. So were the Mets for real? Maybe?

While Alderson and his lieutenants might have preferred a more traditional union with the non-controversial George Springer (a trusted source told me they were not able to make a final offer), Bauer has continued to be on their radar as a potential match.

So as we close in on spring training and the number of seats at the free agent table left available to tantalizingly talented Bauer are dwindling, the Mets are still there, with bright orange and blue flowers and a bag of Steve Cohen’s cash, and no one else seems to be bidding.

It seems almost fate-and a matter of time- before these two parties complete their nuptials and say I do.

Photo from NJ.com

Mets and Angels Front Runners for Bauer?

According to Mark Feinsand, the Mets and Angels are rumored to be the front runners for free agent starter Trevor Bauer. After the Mets missed out on Springer, I doubt the addition of Bauer is going to happen.

To me, the Angels are the more logical fit. They need pitching and they need an ace. Bauer is coming off of a great year, winning the NL CY Young. Bauer pitched to a 1.73ERA over 11 starts, followed it up by 7.2 scoreless in the Wild Card round against the Braves. He had a minuscule 0.79 WHIP and a crazy 12.3 strikeouts per nine.

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If you are worried about Bauer being great in just a 11 game span, he has been very solid over the last three seasons. Over 461.1 innings he pitched to a 3.18 ERA, 144 ERA+ and a 1.11 WHIP and 11.2 K/9. Those are all solid numbers behind a guy like deGrom.

Bauer also gets you another starter for years to come. With Syndergaard, Stroman and Matz gone after 2021, the Mets don’t have pitchers to step right up. If the Mets get Bauer, they have deGrom, Carrasco, Bauer, Peterson and Lucchesi on the payroll for next season.

With all that being said, I see the Angels getting the CY Young award winner. Bauer is reportedly looking for 5/185 million dollars, 35 mil AAV. Like I mentioned before, I have a hard time believing the Mets will give it to Bauer.

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Trevor Bauer: Average Pitcher/Major Headcase

Is Trevor Bauer a player you want to have on your team? If you like having a player who cares more about himself and his Social media than the team you play for and your teammates, then he’s perfect. For a team that is young and full of young players who can mesh together, it’s not the right fit and I’ll explain why.

In very recent memory, Trevor Bauer pitched his way to a Cy Young award in 2020 for the Cincinnati Reds. There is however, controversy with him winning the Cy Young and that is him winning the award in a 60 game season, 11 starts against two of the worst divisions in both the American League and National League, while half of his starts were against teams that were awful this year. These awful teams that he pitched half of his games to were the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates. For 60 Games, it’s impressive, but the question on everyones mind is “Can he repeat in a 162 game season?”

Personally, I doubt he’ll be able to replicate what he did in 2020. While Bauer did have a very impressive 2018 with the Cleveland Indians pitching to a 2.21 ERA in the regular season and a great 11 starts pitching to a 1.73 ERA with the Cincinnati Reds, the rest of his career however has been nothing but average if not slightly above average. From 2012 till 2017, Bauer’s ERA was always above 4. If I am to be very fair, His first full season was in 2014 and from 2014 till 2017, He was average with an era over 4. In 2019, he was looking good until he threw his Temper Tantrum in clunker against the Kansas City Royals. When Indians manager Terry Francona went to pull him from his start, instead of giving the ball to Francona like a respectable player, he launches the baseball to center field, disrespecting the well known and well respected manager. Shortly after the incident, Bauer was traded to the Cincinnati Reds where he posted an ugly looking 6.39 ERA. Rumors went around at the time that he didn’t adapt to Great American Band Box, I mean Ball Park and another rumor was that he had sour grapes about the Trade to Cincinnati.

If the rumor about Bauer having sour grapes over the trade is true, why would anyone want him? Pitching bad deliberately because he was upset? That’s some nerve on a player. Play the game to win, not because your hurt over a trade. Get over it quickly and move on! Despite the 11 starts in a 60 game season, Bauer isn’t the Ace or the #2 starter everyone has him out to be. I’ve heard claims that “Bauer has figured it out!” 11 starts in a season is figuring it out?

I’ve also seen people trying to compare Trevor Bauer’s career to that of Nationals ace Max Scherzer! Seriously? Comparing Bauer to Scherzer? Only because they won Cy Youngs around the same age. Because that makes them similar, right? Bauer is nowhere near the same camp as Scherzer and most likely never will be!

You’re probably wondering why I think Trevor Bauer is a head case. Well, the answer is simple. It has to do with his behavior. Does he go out and party, drink and do stupid things of that nature? No, it’s other things. He’s concerned with himself than he is the team. A prime example was in 2017 during a playoff game against the Yankees, when he was pulled and instead of going to support his teammates in the dugout, He goes into the clubhouse, whips out his phone and goes on a major twitter blocking spree and blocking a lot of other twitter users who were giving Bauer his “Just deserts” so to speak after he talked trash before he faced the Yankees. Why would a player worry about social media when he should be worrying about his team and supporting his teammates? That shouldn’t be acceptable by any means.

Another incident was back in 2018 when Bauer harassed woman who happened to be an Astros fan. The Astros fan wasn’t a fan of Trevor Bauer and he took exception to her by not responding once, but by harassing the woman for over 12 hours. It was to the point where the Astros fan had to block Bauer on twitter for constant harassment. Bauer did apologize a few days later, but that kind of Behavior by a Professional Athlete no matter what sport you play isn’t acceptable by any means!

Since Bauer won the Cy Young, He’s been trolling fans online by purchasing different hats from different teams since he’s a free agent. Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue, but since he’s using it to troll fans and ranking fan bases, Is this something a team wants to put up with? A player pandering to fan bases and eventually ranking which is the best? If I’m an owner and a Free agent is ranking fan bases, why would I want him to be part of my team, especially if he ranks my teams fan base anything less than #1?

Jon Heyman recently wrote on Twitter that Trevor Bauer is looking for a 5-6 year deal that’s worth 200 Million Dollars (36 Million-40 Million Dollars per). If this is all true, For a player that has been mostly Average and only two good seasons that includes one good full season and a great 11 starts in a 60 game season, He’s definitely not worth that kind of money. 7 average seasons out 9 years in the league doesn’t make him a legitimate stud after a good 11 starts in a shortened season.

In a 162 game season and 30+ starts against whatever league he plays in and interleague games, I doubt Bauer can come close to what he did in 2020. Is it possible to come close? Sure, 2018 was a good year for him, but I highly doubt he’ll come close to that. If he does, I’ll admit i was wrong, but if he doesn’t, we can all say that 2020 was a short season 11 game fluke.

If the Mets were to sign Bauer to a deal of that Caliber and then George Springer to what is most likely to be a 4-5 year deal that hovers around the 25 Million Dollars a year range, Say good-bye to signing guys like Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard and Michael Conforto long term who are also Free Agents after the 2021 season. For Context, The Mets have about 60 Million Dollars left to spend before hitting the Luxury Tax threshold and I doubt Cohen goes over it.

The Mets are better off signing a Player like Taijuan Walker, Jake Odorizzi and other pieces for much less in where the spending on those kinds of players, will give the Mets more space to sign George Springer as well as giving them the right amount of space to sign 3 key Free Agents in Stroman, Syndergaard and Conforto.