Free-agent pitcher Trevor Bauer, who won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award for the Cincinnati Reds, agreed to a deal Thursday night with the New York Mets, according to a report via Twitter from USA TODAY Sports' Bob Nightengale.
Bauer's agent, Rachel Luba, tweeted "down to two" Thursday afternoon, and many national MLB reporters responded by indicating that the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the two teams vying for Bauer.
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Last November, Bauer rejected the Reds' qualifying offer as expected. The offer guaranteed the Reds a compensatory pick in the 2021 MLB Draft if Bauer opted to sign elsewhere.
In December, Bauer responded to Jon Heyman's tweet that he "is too expensive for the Reds."
In his 11 regular-season starts in 2020, Bauer led the league in ERA (1.73) and WHIP (0.795).
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