The Trevor Bauer saga came to a conclusion Friday night when the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner announced he had agreed to a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on his YouTube channel.
Bauer once seemed destined for the bright lights and big stage in New York City, but in the end, it was the allure of his own hometown, the opportunity to be the highest-paid player in the game over the next two years and the opportunity to chase a World Series with the defending champions.
The Mets made a serious push for the prize of the 2020-21 free-agent class to chase that same goal. With previous owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon now gone, new owner Steve Cohen gave the green light to spend money on the kind of high-dollar free agents the Mets typically don't go after. The club made a number of acquisitions over the offseason, signaling an intent to contend for a pennant immediately, so it was only natural that many fans would be disappointed with this turn of events.
The Mets swung and missed on Bauer and outfielder George Springer, and instead of going for free-agent catcher J.T. Realmuto, one of the top position players in baseball, they signed James McCann instead. The first year they have free rein to spend, and they strike out.
But the reactions to losing out on Bauer were mixed. Some fans were disappointed. Some fans thought Bauer was the key to the World Series. Adding him to the rotation certainly would have given the Mets one of the best in baseball.
But others were conflicted.