Trevor Bauer landing with Mets would be perfect for Yankees

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 09: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 09, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 09: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 09, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Good, let Trevor Bauer go to the Mets, Yankees fans.

Now that the Wilpons are pretty much all but officially gone (they still own 5% of the Mets, but we’re sure they have zero power to make any decisions), fans in Queens have a new lease on life with Steve Cohen taking over as the principal owner.

He said during his introductory press conference on Tuesday that he doesn’t want to compete with the New York Yankees and instead wants the Mets to create their own excitement, and fans in the Bronx couldn’t agree more. New York is fun when both of these teams are good and not trying to bring one another down in the same city.

And Cohen can do the Yankees a big solid by signing Trevor Bauer in free agency, because we don’t want him.

The Mets’ new president, Sandy Alderson, spoke highly of Bauer on WFAN and his comments offer telling insight. Considering Cohen is one of few owners (or perhaps the only one) ready to spend big this offseason, the Mets might be in a really good position to pay Bauer, who is one of the most expensive free agents in this class.

His agent, Rachel Luba, appeared on WFAN last week to talk about how the pitcher “loves” big markets and provides even more value with his ability to “build a brand.” It seems Alderson is cool with all of that, because the Yankees certainly aren’t. Bauer is not the kind of personality suited for pinstripes, as far as the team’s acquisitions in recent years are concerned.

If the Mets can take him off the market early, then Yankees fans can happily stop hearing about the unfound rumors linking Bauer to the Bronx.

The Yankees need a No. 2 starter, but not under these circumstances. Bauer had an incredible 2020 and seems to be improving, but take those blistering 11 starts away and his ERA is well over 4.00. Only twice has he sported an ERA under 4.00 in his nine-year career. That’s not worth the $22-plus million per year he’ll probably command.

Let him go to the Mets and stay in the National League. The Yankees can get a first-hand glimpse of how he’ll fare in the New York market (he’s made this much noise with Cleveland and Cincinnati, you don’t think it’ll be worse in the biggest market in the US?) and only have to face him (tops) twice a year in games that largely don’t matter. If this experiment fails miserably, Yankees fans will be grateful they didn’t make the move.

The sooner the Mets scoop up Bauer in free agency, the better for all of us.