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Mets: Four questions about Harper, deGrom, Realmuto, and more

By Richard Heaton
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his first inning two run home run with teammate Wilmer Difo #1 as Rene Rivera #44 of the New York Mets looks on at Citi Field on April 21, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his first inning two run home run with teammate Wilmer Difo #1 as Rene Rivera #44 of the New York Mets looks on at Citi Field on April 21, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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What are the chances of signing Machado or any stars? -@tedreednc

The chance is both very high and non-realistic. I’m one of the few who believed Sandy Alderson had big plans for 2019. The kind of plans that involved looking into Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

My reasoning for this was that this was an excuse for why the Mets have been shopping in the bargain bin. I always thought that the Mets were looking for cheap contracts and saving up money for one of two options.

Either to have a ton of money saved to sign one great player or to give extensions to everyone like deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

But the Mets don’t spend money. We all heard that one. But if you look back at history, Sandy has been known to spend money when it matters. With the Mets, he made two big signings. He signed Yoenis Cespedes to a big deal and he wasn’t afraid to throw a mega contract at David Wright.

If you look back to his days before the Mets, there were big contracts all around, especially when he was with the Athletics. Look at guys like Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, and Mark McGuire. They were all drafted by the Athletics and after a few years where making millions of dollars a year, which was a lot relative to what players were making back then.

It wouldn’t have been surprising if the money was being stockpiled in order to make a big offer next season. Unfortunately, now we may never know what was going to happen with Sandy gone. Whoever is the new GM come next season might have similar ideas, but they most likely will go down a path of their own.

Even if the funds are available, it’s entirely possible that the new guy doesn’t do anything major.

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