Mets should be relieved Trevor Bauer turned them down

David Peterson went on the injured listing Friday, which made it about an strange day as you’ll find in Mets Land. If the 2021 Mets suffered accidents at a extra fast charge than at the moment, they’d be a catastrophe episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

On the brilliant facet, not less than they didn’t need to endure Major League Baseball placing a high-priced pitcher on administrative leave.

Yes, Friday’s Trevor Bauer information needed to depart the Mets relieved that the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner turned down their three-year, $105-million provide, barely greater than the $102-million package deal he finally accepted from the Dodgers. Let’s hope that, along with reduction, they felt remorse for ignoring all of the red flags surrounding Bauer — purple flags that made Friday’s improvement extremely disturbing and never very stunning — and aggressively pursuing him. They dodged fairly a bullet throughout a 12 months during which they already had fired a common supervisor, Jared Porter, due to bad behavior toward women.

Bauer entered limbo, for now, due to allegations that he assaulted a woman at his Pasadena, Calif., home throughout a pair of sexual encounters; the lady, below the penalty of perjury, requested and acquired a brief restraining order in opposition to Bauer. At worst, Bauer would seem to face jail time, and wanting that, a prolonged suspension from MLB below its domestic-violence protocols. At greatest, even when the 30-year-old by some means isn’t criminally liable and avoids additional MLB bother, the scenario displays very poorly upon him and the Dodgers, who knew darn effectively of Bauer’s prior behavioral points.

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Before the Mets opened the Subway Series on Friday at Yankee Stadium, supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned the important thing to his membership staying afloat amid a blizzard of accidents: “I think we have a really good camaraderie in the clubhouse as a whole. We talk about the players and the challenge they can have looking around and seeing guys get hurt, seeing new faces. Just having those guys that show up to jump on the mindset right away. They’ve done great. … And it shows how good of a family we are.”

In gentle of that camaraderie, I requested Rojas to explain his stage of reduction that he needn’t fear about Bauer’s authorized points.

“You know what I’m happy for? That we signed Taijuan Walker. I’m really excited for that,” Rojas mentioned. “He has the ball [Friday night]. And he’s been one of those guys that let us … have that camaraderie. He’s just an outstanding person. From the first time he set foot in our clubhouse, he made that impact. And that’s what I’m excited for. I cannot talk about what wasn’t done or not having a player.”

Nice pivot by Rojas, and an correct one. The Mets signed Walker, a candidate to make the All-Star Game for the primary time in his profession, to a two-year, $20-million contract solely after they whiffed on Bauer. If Walker hasn’t fairly matched Bauer, who has pitched very effectively for the Dodgers, in on-field contributions, he has supplied zero public complications and appeared to combine very effectively together with his teammates, a high quality which the human twister Bauer very a lot lacks.

It would have been nowhere as straightforward for Rojas to dodge Bauer questions if he have been his supervisor, and that goes triple for Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson, who led the pursuit of Bauer regardless of having simply dismissed Porter weeks earlier and being effectively conscious of Bauer’s unsettling historical past. The different Mets gamers, too, would’ve confronted questions on Bauer moderately than having fun with celebrations of their toughness.

Not their downside, fortunately for them. It should be a serious lesson, although, to heed apparent warnings and never depend on the previous noticed that excessive expertise can neutralize excessive issues.

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