Mets: Best reason to sign DJ LeMahieu is to steal him from the Yankees
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets have a few reasons to sign DJ LeMahieu. The only one they need is to steal him away from the New York Yankees.
DJ LeMahieu has always been a possibility for the New York Mets since Steve Cohen took over as owner. Robinson Cano’s suspension makes it an even better fit although the team has no pressing need to actually cut a deal with the reigning AL batting champion. The club already has answers at second base that won’t cost them a dime.
But let’s not worry about money this winter. Instead, let’s focus on what Cohen is doing a lot of. He’s changing the culture, exciting the fans, and now he has an opportunity to bully the New York Yankees a little bit.
The Yankees still appear to be the favorites to re-sign LeMahieu, but money talks pretty loudly. Things are changing over in Flushing. If LeMahieu likes New York and the Mets are the ones willing to pay the most amount of money, how bad is it to swap boroughs?
It hasn’t happened at all in recent offseasons where we saw the Mets and Yankees get into a legitimate battle royale in free agency. This winter is different. The Mets may actually have the advantage over them and everyone else.
I know it’s going to sound a little nasty. I also understand it’s not what my kindergarten teacher, who believed I was an angel, would like to hear. But I’m going to say it anyway. The Mets should sign LeMahieu just for the sake of sticking it to the Yankees.
The rivalry between the Mets and Yankees has been more than fan-driven. The front offices of the two organizations haven’t always gotten along. Some of this had to do with the previous owners of the Mets. Cohen doesn’t seem ready to rattle any cages beyond building the best baseball team possible.
Signing LeMahieu, who just happens to be an ex-Yankee, is one way to do so.
We haven’t seen the Cohen Regime make any power-play moves in terms of roster construction just yet. Other than clearing out the front office and beginning the process of rebuilding it, the offseason has moved slowly.
Cohen has been active on Twitter and several players, including Marcus Stroman and free agent Trevor Bauer, have spoken highly of the new Mets owner. It feels as if significant transactions are still weeks away from happening. In actuality, the first big signing of the MLB Hot Stove could happen any day now. One I would like to see is the theft of LeMahieu from the Yankees.
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It would be wonderful for the Mets and Yankees to have a continued rivalry. Although, the more fun rivalry might be one less about hating each other and more focused on building a pair of powerhouse teams in one city.