The deep pockets of Steve Cohen have Mets fans excited about the offseason, and while the team has yet to make a big splash, the hot stove hype seems to be real.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Mets are targeting “more than one of the big four” this winter, which includes the group of George Springer, J.T. Realmuto, Trevor Bauer and Francisco Lindor.
“It’s all true,” Olney’s source told him.
Olney shared this info following the Atlanta Braves’ signing of starting pitcher Charlie Morton to a one-year, $15 million deal. The Braves have been aggressive early on in the offseason with the additions of Morton and Drew Smyly, but the expectation is the Mets will be, too.
The Mets also recently had $24 million come off the books due to Robinson Cano’s PED suspension, which Cohen said on Twitter he plans to spend on players. Team president Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday it gives them roster flexibility, but also reaffirmed which holes the team is looking to fill.
“We talked about starting pitching, outfield, catching; we’d like to enhance the bullpen somewhat,” he said. “We have a lot of places where we might invest and it gives us some flexibility.”
Signing someone like Springer certainly makes roster sense for the Mets, as he can be placed into center field while Brandon Nimmo shifts to left field and Jeff McNeil returns to second base.
Trevor Bauer seems to be intrigued by the Mets – gushing over the new owner in a video post about how “brilliant” Cohen has been in the start of his ownership tenure.
Realmuto would certainly fill a need at catcher, although there is some doubt about whether or not he wants to play in New York.
Lindor, unlike the others, is not a free agent but he is expected to be traded this winter. While the Mets are rich with young shortstops and middle infielders, Lindor is a game-changer and the Mets could perhaps use some of that young infield talent in a potential trade package. The Indians have even reportedly expressed interest in having the Mets as potential suitors.
Thus far, the Mets have retained Marcus Stroman – who accepted the one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer. They still need to hire a general manager, but Alderson – who will be taking on a larger role and acting as president of baseball operations – said they do not need to fill the position before making any major moves.
Needless to say, it could be shaping up to be a very interesting winter for the Mets.