Love him or hate him, Trevor Bauer is now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Much to the surprise of MLB fans all over the country, Bauer chose LA as his final landing spot on a massive 3-year deal that could pay out over $100 million.
Not surprisingly, the Mets were just as competitive in trying to sign Bauer to a free-agent deal. The Dodgers ultimately walked away with a contract, but Bauer had more money to choose from with New York. Joel Sherman reports that the Mets offered the reigning NL Cy Young 3 years and $105 million in their deal.
The report suggests that the Mets would have paid Bauer $40 million in 2021, $35 million in 2022, and $30 million in 2023 with opt-outs. Instead, he went with the Dodgers offer that will pay $85 million in the first 2 years of the deal.
Given that report, there are obviously a lot more factors that went into the decision than just money. The Dodgers may have been able to offer Bauer something that the Mets could not. One of those things was almost certainly the opportunity to defend a World Series title.
Aside from that, there is likely much more that went into this deal than has been made public. The Dodgers are obviously a desirable landing spot for any player but leaving $3 million on the table isn’t common. Then again, if Bauer plans on opting out after the second year, then he got the better deal in Los Angeles.
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