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Dodgers: Trevor Bauer’s Agent Explains How He Almost Had to Choose the Mets

The final hours of Bauer’s free agency proved to be WILD.



Dodgers fans experienced a roller coaster of emotions on the day of Trevor Bauer’s free agency decision. The reports leading up to that Friday all suggested that he was on the verge of picking the Mets, and the rumors that day further enforced that. 

Bauer’s team also accidentally released Mets-related gear on his website. For Dodgers fans, that was the final indication that he was indeed going to New York. But after a whole lot of confusion and questioning, Bauer had a deal with Los Angeles within hours. 

As it turns out, that mistake by his team almost cost the Dodgers. Bauer’s agent Rachel Luba made an appearance on the Starting 9 podcast (language warning) this week to talk about those final hours of his decision.  

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Luba revealed that Bauer was so upset that his team had teased Mets fans with the release that it almost led him to sign with New York. Luba went on to explain how she advised Bauer to take a walk and think about it, ultimately returning to tell her he wanted to sign with the Dodgers. 

Bauer has expressed to New York fans that it was an accident and that he is very sorry for the mistake. So much so that he made huge donations to several New York-based charities to help make up for it. Unfortunately, Mets fans have not reacted well to him picking the Dodgers. 

But however it went down, he’s in Los Angeles now. Go Dodgers. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I’m not impressed at all with Bauer’s “team.”My wife showed me a social media chat exchange where Rachel Luba stated that she had to perform a sexual act on the Dodgers front office staff in order for them to sign Bauer. I understand the setting and context, but two things come to mind. One, she is not very professional and that statement reflected poorly on the Dodgers FO and Bauer. And two, if a man had made that comment it would have been a much bigger story! I’m sure someone would have been fired by now.

  2. I hope Trevor is as good as his “team” is bad. Trevor – time to fire your team and get another rep.

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