New York Mets rumors have been quiet, however, the supposed asking price of two of their top targets, Trevor Bauer and George Springer, has been leaked out.
Offseason New York Mets rumors have quieted down since the holiday season. While other teams, namely the San Diego Padres, have been active in adding to their roster, the other 29 franchises took time to relax, drink some egg nog, and cozy up while waiting for the year to end.
Although not much has changed concerning the different Mets rumors, the team may want to change directions sooner than later in their pursuit of two stars. Both Trevor Bauer and George Springer have asking prices that may even exceed what Steve Cohen is willing to pay.
Reportedly, Bauer is looking for a deal for five or six years with a contract worth $200 million. Bauer hasn’t exactly denied the report, but he did take a few shots at Jon Heyman on Twitter about the alleged asking price.
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Meanwhile, Springer’s asking price is at $150 million according to the rumor mill. It’s significantly less, but also probably more than most teams would be willing to offer.
The market for Bauer hasn’t changed much. The same pitching-needy teams should have an eye on him. Until the Mets pivot elsewhere, I think he will remain an option.
The outlook for Springer is different. Mets rumors have him as a favorite to sign in Flushing with only one team realistically still in on him: the Toronto Blue Jays. In this two-horse race, I like the chances for the orange and blue much better than the blue and bluer up north.
Between the two, it seems as if the Mets are far more likely to end up with Springer in center field than Bauer in the rotation. This wouldn’t be so bad. Springer solidifies the position, adds a powerful bat with an average to the lineup, and makes the offense a much greater threat.
He wouldn’t, however, solve their biggest issue. Fortunately, the Mets have other places they can turn to complete their rotation.
Coming into this offseason, we knew the financial situation for all 30 teams would be different. In the Mets’ case, they would finally have a realistic shot to spend. They have yet to flex their financial muscle. Unless they do sign Bauer or Springer, the big free agent signing under Cohen’s reign may need to wait another winter.
Surely, all Mets fans are starting to feel a little anxious. They have yet to make the big splash we dreamed they would. Luckily, many other teams have been much more stagnant this winter.
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We have at least two more months left of Mets rumors to follow—possibly more. Although they have yet to show a willingness to pay big-name free agents, Cohen’s fat wallet will at least keep the Mets in competition for anyone available.