Appearing on the Starting 9 podcast, Bauer's agent, Rachel Luba, said the reigning National League Cy Young winner was prepared to join the Mets after the mistake (warning: contains profanity):
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"It's fucking over I'm done... call the Dodgers, it's gonna be the Mets." -Trevor Bauer Remember that leaked "LFGM" Linktree? @BauerOutage's agent @AgentRachelLuba outlines that day, and how he almost made his decision based on a social media fiasco. https://t.co/hzwErA3XwO https://t.co/MvaKfT5il0
"Call the Dodgers, it's done. It's gonna be the other team," Luba said Bauer told her. "I can't do that to a fanbase. This decision's been made."
Speculation that Bauer was going to sign with New York began when his website started selling a signed Mets hat on Feb. 5:
That same day, Bauer announced in a YouTube video he was signing with the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The 30-year-old later signed a three-year, $102 million contract that includes opt-outs after the first two seasons and will make him the highest-paid player in MLB in 2021 ($40 million) and 2022 ($45 million).
The Mets were the other finalist in the Bauer sweepstakes. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported New York's offer to the right-hander was for three years and $105 million with opt-outs after the first two years and up to $80 million in salary through 2022.
Bauer became the first pitcher in Cincinnati Reds history to win the NL Cy Young award. He led the NL with a 1.73 ERA and finished second with 100 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched.