Trevor Bauer continues to flirt with the Mets, and based on how he feels about ex-teammate Francisco Lindor, he may have more interest in ending up in Flushing.
Wearing a Mets hat, Bauer, the top MLB free-agent pitcher available, reacted to Thursday’s blockbuster trade — which saw the Mets acquire Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco from the Indians for Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene — in a YouTube video. Bauer gushed about the 27-year-old Lindor and revealed the kind of leader Lindor is.
Bauer and Lindor were Cleveland teammates for parts of five seasons before Bauer was dealt to the Reds at the 2019 deadline. Three days before that trade, Bauer made headlines for throwing the ball from the mound all the way over the center field wall in Kansas City as Terry Francona emerged to remove Bauer from the game.
Lindor, a four-time All-Star, let Bauer know exactly how he felt about it in the clubhouse with their teammates within earshot, and Bauer appreciated the rant particularly because Lindor is two years younger than him and still felt compelled to speak out.
“He just blew me up, which I deserved,” Bauer said. “He yelled at me, he told me it was unacceptable, that it was selfish and all of these different things. I thought it was a really good moment. Obviously, in the moment, I was like a little bit taken aback by it because we hadn’t really had that relationship before. But as a leader, he looked there, and he said, ‘This is unacceptable for the team and what we’re trying to accomplish and what the culture we have here is.’ … He understood that his role on the team was to lead.”
Bauer described Lindor as “very inquisitive” multiple times and credited Michael Brantley for helping to show Lindor how to lead. He praised Lindor for his “attention to detail” as soon as he arrives at the ballpark, being well-prepared and knowing exactly how to use his wide array of skills.
“He really loves the game,” Bauer said of Lindor. “He’s an intense competitor. He loves the big moment. He loves to win.”
As for Carrasco, Bauer said he’s never seen the 33-year-old have a bad day and that, even on the day Carrasco found out he had leukemia in 2019, nobody would’ve known based on Carrasco’s attitude. He also said Carrasco’s “Cookie” nickname came from him loving to eat cookies on the team plane when he first came up in the majors.
“I can’t think of a negative interaction I’ve ever seen Carlos have with anybody,” Bauer said.
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