PORT ST. LUCIE — Sandy Alderson doesn’t regret his team’s aggressive – and ultimately unsuccessful – pursuit of the polarizing Trevor Bauer.
He acknowledged, however, that the pitcher might have proven too tough to handle.
“It’s hard to know how it would’ve turned out, but we thought we could manage it,” Alderson said Monday in a Zoom news conference. “Maybe that was naive. We’ll see.”
Bauer signed a three-year, $102-million contract with the Dodgers in January last month, passing up a slightly higher offer (three years and $105 million) from the Mets; both deals featured opt-outs after both the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Since signing, Bauer has maintained his abrasive Twitter personality, punching back ferociously at his would’ve-been teammates Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman and voicing opinions about immigration and race. In the past, Bauer behaved questionably toward a female college student and didn’t police his rabid followers from doing the same.
Alderson said he never spoke directly with Bauer during the negotiations, although he spoke at length both with Bauer’s representatives and internally among Mets…