In recent days, something strange has happened in New York: Mets fans are suddenly optimistic.
That’s what happens when you swap Wilpons for a $ 15 billion man, Steve Cohen – the biggest offseason move in all of baseball.
Ownership sets the tone for each franchise, and the Mets seem to have someone worthy of The Big Apple. Finally, they can serve as the great marketing team they are. Their loyal and passionate fanbase has always deserved nothing less.
Leisure activities by George Springer, JT Realmuto and Trevor Bauer? A successful deal for Francisco Lindor? As one leader recently put it, “Everything is at stake.”
Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Hal Steinbrenner has already said that the Yankees lost more money than any team in the majors last year, without fans in the stands due to the pandemic. So this is not going to be the winter of 2008, when the Bombers spent $ 423.5 million on CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and AJ Burnett, the championship trio that put them at the top of the 2009 series.
No, the question is somehow whether the Yankees, who dropped $ 324 million on Gerrit Cole last out of season, can afford both their own top free agent, DJ LeMahieu and Lindor.
New York Baseball Bizarro World, actually.
Lindor, who turns 27 in a week, can be the price in the trading market with the Indians who openly make him available. He is a card stopper who can turn off and able to strike diversion or cleanup, and plays elite defense in a first class position. During the last three full seasons (2017-19), Lindor had an average of 34 homers and a .856 OPS.
Another leader thought Lindor could have a “Mookie Betts-like impact.”
“You get a firearm guy who is an X-factor, a difference-maker,” the manager said. “He should be able to hit 300 with 30 homers, steal bases and be a golden glove-caliber defender. He’s also a great makeup guy, a leader who has fun but plays hard and fights down to first. He gives the same kind of intensity as Betts. He’s a great guy to have at your club. ”
The Mets have a combination of position players – including Andres Gimenez, Dom Smith, Jeff McNeil, Amed Rosario and JD Davis – that can be appealing to Cleveland. Lindor is entering his final year of arbitration, and could receive around $ 20 million. A long-term agreement will naturally make sense for the pending free agent to arrive in 2021.
The Yankees could put together a dynamic infield with a re-signed LeMahieu first, Gleyber Torres second, Lindor short and Gio Urshela third. Such a scenario would probably mean dealing with Luke Voit (perhaps to the Indians), while potentially including someone like Clint Frazier in a Cleveland trade package. Given Steinbrenner’s comments, however, the scenario may simply not be realistic.
In any case, the Mets are expected to come up with some kind of splash, with the 31-year-old Springer apparently at the top of the wish list. The New Britain, Conn. Native would prove to be a significant upgrade in midfield, along with its powerful right-wing bat. Two scouts suggested that Springer could competently play center for another three or four years, before he needed to move to a corner kick.
Realmuto is the best catcher in the game, but dollars and visibility can be a problem in the long run, with James McCann a cheaper and cheaper alternative behind the plate. As for Bauer – a $ 30-35 million one-year deal makes a lot of sense – but veteran rights have often been linked to San Diego, among other clubs, given his strong relationship with Mike Clevinger.
Both the Mets and Yankees need a No. 2 starter behind aces Jacob deGrom and Cole, with respect. But the starting market for pitching is thin. The Mets made a qualifying bid of $ 18.9 million to Marcus Stroman, while the Yankees could end up circling back to Masahiro Tanaka. The Yankees may have to hope for internal improvement from the likes of Deivi Garcia, Jordan Montgomery, Mike King and Clarke Schmidt, along with the possible return of Domingo German (suspension) and Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery).
The Yankees must also decide on Gary Sanchez’s future, while trying their best to keep LeMahieu at an annual cost of potentially $ 20 million plus per year. Bullpen help and a left shot – perhaps in the field – would also improve the team.
Cohen authorized Sandy Alderson to clean the house at the front office, and Oakland’s Billy Owens is still in the mix for a position in Queens. As reported, the Mets will be like the Dodgers West, filled with top-end scouts, draft and player development personnel, ie better baseball people. They also need to find out if Luis Rojas is the leader of the future.
Steinbrenner has said the Yankees will bring Aaron Boone back for another year at the helm. The Bombers defended the process after their failed pitching decisions in Game 2 against the Rays. But they must find the right balance between analysis and emotion. So far, their collaborations have gone from 0 to October. Jon Heyman reported that there could be some “push and pull” at the front office in the case, with Randy Levine operating differently than Brian Cashman. Regardless, both the Levine-Cashman / analytics and Cashman / analytics-Boone dynamics. Wages can go down, but the pressure to snap the title drought will not.
Steve Cohen’s Twitter account is also watching. You never know what might happen there.
You know the Wilpons are gone, and the Mets mean business. New York Baseball Bizarro World, actually.