New York Mets fans are all hoping Steve Cohen takes over ownership by next winter. If he does, these five free agents are all considerations.
Whether or not Steve Cohen’s money actually funnels into the New York Mets payroll in full next winter is unknown. Let’s keep positive for now. The Mets are currently tied with 29 other teams in first place. Why should we get so blue?
If Cohen did manage to take over the franchise by next winter, there’s little doubt in all of our minds he’ll begin with a bang or two or maybe even three. A way to do this is through free agency.
Next year’s free agent crop includes some huge stars. Although many could sign extensions within the next few months before Cohen gets to throw his big money at them, at least a few of these guys should be available for the future Mets owning to bring to Queens.
The biggest contract next winter may land in the wallet of Mookie Betts. The Boston Red Sox outfielder is a former MVP who will make $27 million in 2020. When he has a chance to reach free agency, he’ll certainly expect to take home more on an annual basis.
Even before any of us had any idea who Steve Cohen was, Betts was someone we thought the team could target in a trade this winter. No deal ever came to fruition. Things could change with Betts costing nothing more than cash.
What makes Betts such a great fit for the Mets? Besides the obvious—like the fact that his name rhymes with the team and how everyone named Mookie should at some point play for this organization—he’s an ideal fit for what else the team has.
Betts may play right field for the Red Sox now, but he would most definitely shift to center field on the Mets. Imagine him in center field next to Michael Conforto in right field and either J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo, or anyone else in left field. Heck, even I could take over.
The Mets would become exponentially better with Betts on this team. His Gold Glove talent on defense, Silver Slugger bat at the plate, and overall abilities all make him a must for Cohen if he wants to create a splash so big it reaches the fans in the cheap seats.