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Mets’ president Sandy Alderson opens up about pursuit of Trevor Bauer

The New York Mets, expected to make big splashed around the free agent market by virtue of having a billionaire new owner, ended up making their biggest acquisitions via trade, bringing All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and starter Carlos Carrasco in a transaction with the Cleveland Indians.

The Mets did go to the free agent market to bring catcher James McCann, relievers Trevor May and Aaron Loup, infielder Jonathan Villar, outfielders Kevin Pillar and Albert Almora, and starter Taijuan Walker, among others. But they didn’t sign any of the “Big Three” free agents: Trevor Bauer, JT Realmuto, and George Springer.