The preliminary response to Robinson Cano being suspended for your entire 2021 season for a failed drug check was the Mets had a bit of greater than $20 million further to spend on free brokers.
DJ LeMahieu’s title instantly was linked to Queens and supplied fodder for a scrumptious bidding battle between the Mets and Yankees. That may not formulate, for the reason that Yankees stay the betting favourite to retain their most full participant and reigning MLB batting champion.
However, that doesn’t imply neophyte proprietor Steve Cohen stuffs the Cano savings into his automobile ashtray. Cohen doubtless already had his free-agent finances set earlier than Cano was suspended for a second time in what was shaping up as a Hall of Fame profession.
In addition to LeMahieu, the highest rung of the free-agent ladder contains right-hander Trevor Bauer, catcher J.T. Realmuto and outfielder George Springer. Cohen is an efficient option to get at the least one in all them.
So, could Cohen use a number of the Cano bonus to have interaction outfielder Michael Conforto and agent Scott Boras in talks for a multiyear deal? Conforto is eligible without cost company after the 2021 season.
When the Wilpons owned the Mets and Brodie Van Wagenen was the GM, they mentioned the problem internally, nevertheless it by no means gained traction.
Now, Sandy Alderson is the Mets’ president, and because the Mets’ GM in 2014, he used the 10th decide within the draft to take Conforto, so there’s a historical past.
While Boras has a historical past of advising shoppers to enter free company, Conforto’s 2020 season could lead the Mets make a proposal that satisfies the left-handed hitter, who can be 28 on March 1.
Conforto completed seventh amongst NL hitters with a .322 common and sixth with a .412 on-base share in 2020, when he earned $eight million and performed in 54 video games.