After a day of trolling fans with his online merch store, Trevor Bauer has made the decision to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, spurning the New York Mets.
Trevor Bauer has announced he’s signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The move comes after a long day of rumors and tolling.
It all started late Thursday night, when multiple reports suggested Bauer and the Mets were deep into contract conversation. The Dodgers were still hanging around, but most informed speculation believed he was headed to the Mets with a decision looming in the next 24 hours.
The speculation only ramped up when Bauer leaked Mets merchandise on his online merch store. The Mets merch was quickly taken down and replaced by Dodgers merch, which was then replaced by Angels merch. All a clever marketing scheme to get as many eyes on Bauer as humanly possible.
Bauer wanted to have the world’s attention as he made his announcement, in a way only a star free agent can. That’s exactly what he got.
This should come as no surprise as Bauer is a very loud personality on Twitter. He made sure to announce when free agency started that he and his agent Rachel Luba were the only reliable source of information. Then he proceeded to announce his decision just as every reporter did.
His big personality has put many people off, and it’s only going to be magnified more now in Los Angeles with a major contract.
Maybe the most surprising thing is that Bauer turned down a more lucrative contract. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets had the highest offer.
#Mets offered more money to try to seduce Bauer out of #Dodgers, but going home to SoCal, defending champs, modern/cutting edge pitching shop won out.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 5, 2021
With Bauer off the market and headed to the Dodgers, the Mets will turn their attention towards other pursuits. Namely, Jackie Bradley Jr.
The free agent center fielder would give the Mets much needed defense in center field. He becomes the likely primary target for the Mets as the offseason continues to roll on.