Without Trevor Bauer, how will the Mets and Sandy Alderson wrap up a terrific MLB offseason?

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Andy Martino
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Trevor Bauer is a Los Angeles Dodger, so we will spare you a lengthy commentary on matters related to him.

Let’s just say this to the many Mets fans, men and women, who found his online behavior troubling and did not want to root for him: We’re glad you don’t have to.

We’ll also note that, despite losing out on Bauer, Sandy Alderson’s first offseason back at the helm has brought tremendous success building a roster good enough to win the National League East.

Forget Bauer for a moment. If we had told you in October that the team would add Trevor May, James McCann, Aaron Loup, Carlos Carrasco and Francisco freaking Lindor, you probably would have felt excitement. That’s one face-of-the-franchise superstar and several important pieces to solidify the roster.

Just as he promised he would during his re-introductory news conference, Alderson has used new owner Steve Cohen’s resources to play more aggressively on trades and free agents than he ever did during his tenure as GM.

And now, with Bauer choosing the Dodgers, Alderson and acting GM Zack Scott have the money to fill other holes, perhaps leaving the roster stronger overall than it would have been with Bauer.

The Mets have been in talks with agent Scott Boras on center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., though far apart on years. They could pivot from Bauer to Bradley now, or sign a late-inning defensive replacement for Brandon Nimmo.

They are also in the market for starting pitching depth, though sources say they have shown no interest lately in Jake Odorizzi or Taijuan Walker.

They recently attended a throwing session for Jake Arrieta. Arrieta is represented by Boras, as is James Paxton. One can easily imagine those names coming up during conversations about Bradley. The team has also shown some interest in Rich Hill.

The Mets have also done a nice job adding rotation depth behind the emerging David Peterson, with the likes of Jordan Yamamoto and Joey Lucchesi.

The team is also looking for bench help at the corners, and was recently linked in a report to Marwin Gonzalez. That tracks, because the Mets are leaning heavily towards sticking with J.D. Davis as their starting third baseman but wouldn’t mind some insurance.

More moves are likely, including of course ones that we haven’t sniffed out. But even if they don’t, the fact is that this winter has been a successful one for Alderson and the Mets.

Even without Bauer, they will take the field on Opening Day as a legitimate contender. That might be easy to forget in the aftermath of Bauer’s choice to sign with L.A., but it’s true nonetheless.