New York Mets Reportedly Make Trevor Bauer *Some Kind of Free Agent Offer (UPDATE: Disputed!)

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New York Mets Reportedly Make Trevor Bauer *Some Kind of Free Agent Offer (UPDATE: Disputed!)

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After some squirming about not wanting to exceed the luxury tax, and some chatter that it would be pretty tone deaf to bring in a guy who harassed women on social media after the Jared Porter sexual harassment debacle, the New York Mets might just be saying eff it.

That’s the rumor here anyway, including a record-setting offer:

Let’s be clear real quick on the record part: it’s been rumored that Bauer wants to break Gerrit Cole’s $36 million AAV record (there’s a history there between the two former UCLA pitchers, and also Bauer is a guy who wants to move the pay scale forward). So it’s not surprising that it would be pitched to him as an enticement to sign.

HOWEVA, if he’s actually getting a record AAV offer on his track record … it’s gotta be for, what, like two or three years, tops? It’s just impossible for me to imagine a team committing that level of AAV to Bauer, given his extreme inconsistency, and relatively short bursts of elite performance.

I will be fascinated to see how this actually plays out, if this rumor is accurate. Of course, if it’s not accurate, you can bet Bauer and his equally-socially-engaged agent, Rachel Luba, will respond on Twitter momentarily.

UPDATE: Nothing from Bauer or Luba yet, but Jon Heyman chimes in:

If Bauer and Luba stay silent, however, I’m going to believe Nightengale’s report. Also, there’s this to keep in mind:

UPDATE 2: Nightengale now disputes his own report, which, sigh.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.