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Rumor: Mets hoping to lock up Trevor Bauer in next 24 hours

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The New York Mets are still in on the top MLB free agent available.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the New York Mets are “engaged” with 2020 National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer, adding the team hopes to hear something within the next 24 hours.

New York has remained interested in top free agents even after acquiring both Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians.

The Mets made an aggressive play for George Springer and were also involved with left-handed closer Brad Hand. They are still intent on adding Bauer to the mix.

Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY initially reported the Mets had made a “formal” offer to Trevor Bauer over a week ago, noting the offer was expected to approach New York Yankees star Gerrit Cole’s record of $36 million in annual average. It is unknown whether the Mets have since adjusted the offer — which should be shorter than Cole’s – -but they do not appear willing to be held up much longer.

New York could address other areas if Bauer opts to sign elsewhere. The Mets might pursue center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and could still use a left-hander in the bullpen.

But the prospect of adding Bauer is enticing. Aside from the fact Bauer is coming off a Cy Young season, it could also give New York some assurances with both Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman headed for free agency next winter. For now, Stroman seems excited about the Bauer possibility:

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com also reports Bauer could sign “soon,” adding the Los Angeles Dodgers are in on the right-hander as well.

Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, says the pitcher is down to two suitors:

The Mets would prefer to hear from Trevor Bauer directly sooner rather than later.