"Mets fans, I owe you an explanation and apology," Bauer posted in a Twitter thread. "My intention was never to mislead your fan base, nor was it to troll you in any way."
On Friday, a link for Mets merchandise went live on Bauer's Linktree page on Instagram, and a page for a Bauer-signed Mets hat giveaway went live on his website, TrevorBauer.com. Fans who signed up for the cap giveaway received an email saying "I can't wait to take the mound in New York!"
The links and screenshots of the Bauer Mets cap and giveaway email spread quickly on social media, with speculation swirling that the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner and top free-agent starting pitcher was on the verge of signing with New York. Instead, Bauer announced just hours later that he was joining the Dodgers.
Bauer attempted to clear the air in Sunday's Twitter thread, explaining that the merchandise pages and links were prepared for multiple teams in advance and that none were supposed to go live until Bauer had announced his decision.
"It was an embarrassing and emotional moment for me," Bauer said in the thread.
Bauer announced that fans who entered the signed Mets cap giveaway will instead be entered into a raffle for tickets for a future Dodgers-Mets game. He said he'll also be donating $10,000 each to several New York nonprofits -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, STEM Kids NYC, Get Schooled and the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens.
"I look forward to my next visit to Citi Field and hope to hear you just as loud in person, even if it’s not in cheers for me," Bauer said.