For months, people speculated about Trevor Bauer's next step. The reigning NL Cy Young award winner was coming off the best year of his career and entered the offseason as the best pitcher in the market.
Baur was tied to multiple teams along the way. From the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Angels, to the two teams that eventually had the biggest shot at getting him: Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.
As you may know by now, Bauer decided to come back home and move to the West Coast by signing with the reigning champions but, according to his agent Rachel Luba, he was literally minutes away from moving to Queens.
Trevor Bauer Nearly Signs With The Mets After Merch Fiasco
The thing is that, shortly after Bauer announced his decision, his website crashed after someone mistakenly sent out a promo of a signed New York Mets had. Needless to say, that made Mets fans think that he was signing with the team.
That was never supposed to happen and Bauer felt pressured to sign with them so he wouldn't let their fans off. In fact, he told his agent to call the Dodgers and tell them that he was signing with the Mets:
“It’s f–king over, I’m done. Call the Dodgers, it’s done. It’s gonna be the other team. I can’t do that to a fan base. The decision’s been made," Dodger told Luba, as she recently said on the Barstool “Starting 9” podcast.
Luba eventually convinced Bauer to go out for a walk and think things through. Bauer came to his senses and decided to take that three-year, $102 million deal with the Dodgers rather than the three-year, $105 million contract the Mets offered him.
Needless to say, Mets fans may not want to hear anything about Bauer or his merch fiasco, and chances are that they hate Rachel Luba's guts right now. But hey, you guys were pretty close to getting him.