Updates on Trevor Bauer, J.T. Realmuto, and Masahiro Tanaka (and what it means for the Blue Jays)

The Blue Jays landed the biggest fish on the free-agent market last week and now things are seemingly starting to pick up all around the league.

The two remaining top-tier free agents, Trevor Bauer and J.T. Realmuto, are apparently closing in on deals while Masahrio Tanaka might be headed back to Japan. What does this all mean for the Blue Jays?
First, we have this Bauer update from Bob Nightengale of USA Today which says that the reigning National League Cy Young winner is closing in on a deal with the New York Mets…

The New York Mets have formally offered free-agent starter Trevor Bauer a contract that would make him one of baseball’s highest-paid players on an annual average salary, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.
The deal would approach — but not eclipse — New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole’s $36 million average value on his nine-year, $324 million contract signed a year ago, and it would be much shorter in length, said the person, who was granted anonymity because of the on-going negotiations.

This is a very oddly-worded report because it indicates that Bauer is going to sign this record-breaking deal, one …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation