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Did Trevor Bauer tease potential free-agency destinations in hat ad?

Trevor Bauer is poised to be one of the most sought-after players in free agency, but did the pitcher tip already his hand about where he might land ahead of next season?

Bauer recently signed an endorsement partnership with hat company Lids, and part of the initial marketing push involved the 2018 All-Star donning three hats on top of one another.

The hats atop Bauer’s head include the Cincinnati Reds, which he has called home since July 2019, as well as the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets.

The latter two teams have been named as two possible suitors of Bauer in what is expected to be a frenetic free agency for the star pitcher, though the Mets are believed to be more serious about landing him.

Interestingly enough, Bauer’s agent recently shared that her client is intrigued by the potential of playing in a larger market.

“He’s a fan of big markets, in terms of building his brand,” Rachel Luba said during an appearance on WFAN, per SNY. “I think he’s made it very clear and he’s good at it. He’s good at finding creative ways to build a brand. He built a pretty incredible brand, especially over, I think, the last year, after being in … an entirely Ohio market. So, if you can build the brand that he has in an Ohio market, imagine what he can do in a bigger market.”

Bauer’s interest in building his brand through a higher profile in a larger market obviously would make the Mets, among a handful of other teams, legitimate contenders for his services.

What should also further rampant interest in Bauer is how he positioned himself for big money in 2020. A National League Cy Young finalist, Bauer posted an MLB-best 1.73 ERA across 11 starts in the 60-game season for the Reds.