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Dodgers, Mets appear to be the finalists for free agent Trevor Bauer

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have done their absolute best to make a big splash this offseason. After shoring up their catching situation with the signing of James McCann, the Mets made a big push for the NL East crown by trading for one of the best shortstops on the planet in Francisco Lindor.

Despite those splashes, there seemed to be something lacking. New owner Steve Cohen had made many assurances to fans that the Mets under his ownership were going to compete for championships each year and as the free agent market dwindled, it appeared as though the team was going to have to settle for the roster they had and try to make it work against a tough division.

However, a late development could turn that narrative on its head.

Before we go any further, any free agent that is going to be signing for a lot of money is going to be linked to the Dodgers. They are an incredibly good team and one that has a lot of youth and money at its disposal. Them being linked to Bauer is not surprising at all and after their World Series run, they are certainly motivated to keep things going in the direction they have been.

For the Mets, this would be a franchise defining move that would immediately make the Mets, on paper anyways, one of the favorites in the National League East. The Braves are still incredibly good even if they don’t bring back Marcell Ozuna and the Phillies and Nationals have their virtues as well plus an up and coming Marlins team, but the Mets pitching staff with deGrom and Bauer atop it would be a force to contend with.

The tenor of talks has also reached a point where it appears as though we could have a resolution soon. We will keep you updated as this story develops.