If the Mets can cross the finish line with Francisco Lindor on a $300-million-plus extension, the shortstop will become the first nine-figure player commitment of the Steve Cohen Era. Yet if the Mets’ new owner had his way, that milestone already would be reached…with Trevor Bauer.
In a question-and-answer session with Mets radiocaster Wayne Randazzo published Monday, Cohen expressed his surprise and disappointment that the team didn’t land the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner in free agency.
“Obviously we wanted to get Bauer and we made a heck of a bid,” Cohen said. “I thought we had him.”
The Post’s Joel Sherman first reported that the Mets believed they would land Bauer after offering him $105 million over three years. However, the Southern California native went to his hometown Dodgers for $102 million over three years. The Dodgers deal, like the Mets’ package, features opt-outs after both 2021 and 2022.