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Trevor Bauer spurns Mets for Dodgers homecoming

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Trevor Bauer spurns Mets for Dodgers homecoming

Trevor Bauer returned home and rejected the Mets, agreeing to terms with the Dodgers on Friday.

Bauer, the free-agent right-hander, agreed to terms with the reigning World Series champions, rejecting the Mets’ offer for three years that would’ve paid him between $100-to-$110 million. The Dodgers’ three-year contract is worth $102 million, paying him $40 million in Year 1, $45 million in the second, with Bauer able to opt out after either.

Bauer, 30, went 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA in the shortened 2020 campaign.

While it has been a busy offseason in Flushing for new owner Steve Cohen and returning team president Sandy Alderson, it will not end with them landing the top pitcher (Bauer) or position player (George Springer) in free agency.

The Mets did however land star shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco in a trade with the Indians last month. They also signed catcher James McCann to a four-year, $40 million deal and strengthened their bullpen with the additions of Trevor May and Aaron Loup. Marcus Stroman and Carrasco will be the third and fourth starters with Noah Syndergaard expected to return from Tommy John surgery around midseason.

The Mets also remain in talks with free-agent outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bauer, a former UCLA star, comes with off-the-field issues, notably on social media. He harassed a female college student on Twitter two years ago, digging up a photo from her timeline of her drinking before her 21st birthday and subjecting her to ridicule by his 414,000 followers. Bauer tweeted 17 times at her, or at others while discussing her, over three days. He later apologized.

Bauer has discussed a desire to pitch every four days and said, in part, his next team’s willingness to work with him on that experiment would be part of his decision. He spent six-plus seasons with the Indians before being dealt to the Reds before the 2019 trade deadline.

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Taijuan Walker throws first bullpen session as a Met

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Observations from Wednesday’s Mets workout:

Off the mound

Taijuan Walker — hard to miss wearing No. 99 — threw his first bullpen session since joining the Mets. The right-hander signed a two-year deal worth $20 million last weekend.

Run it

Baserunning was a primary focus of the workout. Manager Luis Rojas cited the team’s below par base-running last season as a factor in the team’s mediocre scoring output despite leading MLB in batting average.

Caught my eye

Dominic Smith worked out wearing a Catapult vest with a monitor designed to provide him with analytical information about his performance.

Thursday’s schedule

Full-squad workouts continue in Port St. Lucie.

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K’Andre Miller latest Ranger placed on COVID-protocol list

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Before Wednesday night, the Rangers had lost only one player to the COVID-protocol list, when Kaapo Kakko missed the Feb. 1 match against the Penguins with what turned out to be a false-positive test.

Kakko went back on the list Saturday, when he was sidelined for the Blueshirts’ contest in Washington and remained on it for Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia. That was not all of it, however, as the Blueshirts placed K’Andre Miller on the list as well in the hours leading up to the 4-3 loss to the Flyers.

It is unclear whether Miller, who was replaced in the lineup by Jack Johnson, had tested positive. It is also unknown whether the Rangers might be vulnerable to an outbreak in the wake of these situations, which occurred five days apart.

Johnson, a scratch for Saturday’s victory over the Capitals, had played in the Rangers’ 3-2 shootout victory in Philadelphia last Thursday after having missed the previous eight games with a groin injury. He had participated in just one practice before rejoining the lineup.


Mika Zibanejad played perhaps his most dynamic game of the year, collecting a pair of assists in 20:20 of ice time, but he was denied twice on shorthanded breakaways, the second with 3:40 remaining and the Blueshirts down 4-3. Zibanejad also was denied earlier, with 5:45 remaining in the first period, when the puck rolled on him.

Both times, he went to the backhand. Both times, Brian Elliott was up to the task. He was asked whether he thought he might have scored if he were having a normal season, not this one in which he has two goals, with one deposited into an empty net.

“I don’t know. I did the move that I usually do, he read it, it didn’t go in,” Zibanejad said. “So I don’t know. It’s a hard question to answer. It just leads to more speculation. I’m just trying to keep it as simple as possible and not overthink those chances.”

The pair of assists doubled the center’s season total to four.


The Blueshirts surrendered 39 shots on goal, the most they’ve allowed this season.


The Rangers, 2-for-5 on the power play, have now scored in three straight with the man advantage (4-for-15) after going 0-for-14 in the preceding five matches.

In the absence of Miller, Kakko, Jacob Trouba (thumb) and Artemi Panarin (leave of absence), Brendan Smith and Anthony Bitetto were on the points on the second unit power play. The Blueshirts have scored 10 power play goals, with the first unit on for nine of them.


The Rangers won just 20 of 55 faceoffs (36 percent), with Zibanejad winning just two of his 14 draws.

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Rutgers storms back from big deficit to beat Indiana

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Geo Baker and Ron Harper Jr. had 20 points apiece to help Rutgers rally from a 15-point deficit and beat Indiana 74-63 on Wednesday night in Piscataway, N.J.

Baker, who shot 7 of 13 from the field, set a program record with six made 3-pointers in a Big Ten conference game and had a season-high 10 assists.

Baker hit four of the Scarlet Knights’ seven 3s in a 25-6 run over a 7-plus minutes span that made it 33-29 with 55 seconds left in the first half, and Rutgers (13-13, 9-9) led the rest of the way.

Myles Johnson had 10 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks for Rutgers.

Trayce Jackson-Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Aljami Durham added 20 points for Indiana (12-11, 7-9).

The Scarlet Knights went into the game on the bubble for the program’s first NCAA tournament berth since 1991. Their last two regular season games are on the road at Nebraska (5-16, 1-13) on Monday and Minnesota (13-10, 6-10) on March 6.

Anthony Leal hit a 3-pointer to trim Indiana’s deficit to 54-45 with 10:50 to play, but the Hoosiers missed their next nine shots as they went nearly 8 minutes without a field goal.

Indiana has lost back-to-back games and three of its last four. The Hoosiers play host to No. 3 Michigan on Saturday before closing out conference play with road games against Michigan State and Purdue.

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