In reading the proverbial tea leaves, it sounds like top free-agent starting pitcher Trevor Bauer is going to choose his new home before long. The consensus seems to be that there are two finalists here, one NL team on each coast in the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mets, however, appear to the be favorites to land the NL's reigning Cy Young winner.
With all due respect to some other good-looking rotations like the Padres, Nationals, White Sox, Braves, Cleveland, etc., it looks like the Bauer signing will cement one of the two suitors as the team with the best rotation in baseball -- at least, the best rotation on paper heading into spring training, and we know how things can change there.
Still, it's pretty exciting to have this kind of decision hanging here in early February, so let's take a look at the implications for both teams.
Starting at the top, the Mets have arguably the best pitcher in baseball in Jacob deGrom. Adding the 2020 NL Cy Young winner in Bauer gives the Mets two bona fide aces. They aren't lacking in mid-rotation guys, either.
There's Carlos Carrasco, who became an afterthought coming over in The Francisco Lindor Trade. Quite the lesser name, isn't he? Carrasco finished fourth in AL Cy Young voting in 2017. In 2018, he was 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA (128 ERA+), 1.13 WHIP and 231 strikeouts in 192 innings. He was sidelined with leukemia for part of the 2019 season, but he came back strong in 2020 with a 2.91 ERA (157 ERA+) and 82 strikeouts in 68 innings.