Mets thought they had reached a deal with Trevor Bauer

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There was a time in the final 24 hours of the negotiation in which the Mets believed they had reached agreement with Trevor Bauer, three sources told The Post. They felt terms had been approved by both sides and that they were working with one of his agents, Jon Fetterolf, toward finalizing details.

But there was no term sheet signed — a key element to memorialize a contract was more formally agreed upon — and there were the Dodgers.

And by Thursday night the Dodgers had gone from lurking to pouncing, beginning a final push that would result in them landing the best starter in free agency on Friday. Los Angeles sensed if it was close to an even bid between the Dodgers and Mets that Bauer would prefer his Southern California roots and the Dodgers’ near certain championship contention and modern pitching program.

The Mets had offered a three-year, $105 million pact that could be worth $80 million if Bauer opted out after two years. But they were worried that even if they were first in overall money, they were second in where Bauer desired to be, plus the Mets were concerned that he might not prefer New York, in particular. The Dodgers deal that Bauer wound up agreeing to was for three years at $102 million, with $85 million available over the first two years, though possibly with deferrals that would lower the current-day value.

A source said that Mets president Sandy Alderson, who has been involved with three organizations over the past four decades, felt he had never proceeded to this extent of negotiations and not finalized the deal.

Both Fetterolf and Alderson said they would not comment on the details of the negotiations.

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