Trevor Bauer trolls Mets, Dodgers fans ahead of free-agency decision
Reigning National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer is well-versed in the art of trolling. With Bauer expected to make his free-agency decision soon, he is at it again.
It was reported Thursday the bidding war for the top pitcher on the market was down to two teams: the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. Bauer’s agent, Rachel Luba, confirmed as much on Twitter. Numerous reports Friday morning suggested he was getting lucrative, short-term offers with multiple opt-outs.
As for Bauer, he is keeping fans guessing. The 30-year-old initially listed a signed Mets hat giveaway on his website, only to subsequently list a Dodgers giveaway, as well. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported shortly thereafter Bauer himself wanted to make the official announcement of his signing.
Both teams have a strong case for signing Bauer.
The Mets have been extremely aggressive this offseason, signing free-agent catcher James McCann and bolstering the bullpen while making a blockbuster deal to acquire both Francisco Linor and Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians.
New York still has rotation needs, particularly after trading Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays, and signing Bauer makes sense given both Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard will be free agents next season.
However, the Dodgers are the reigning World Series champions, a label that speaks for itself. What’s more, Bauer is from Southern California, and geography could factor into the decision.
In any event, Trevor Bauer — who does plenty of work with Momentum and sponsors his own YouTube channel — figures to continue with the trolling and self-promoting until the announcement.