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Mets Rumors: Blue Jays posing the biggest threat in free agency

BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets argues a pitch with umpire Jansen Visconti #52 during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen Field on September 12, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets argues a pitch with umpire Jansen Visconti #52 during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen Field on September 12, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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New York Mets rumors haven’t gone beyond just whispers and we have the Toronto Blue Jays to blame.

Who would have thought that in early January it would be the Toronto Blue Jays posing the biggest threat to the New York Mets? If you believe the Mets rumors, this is the case right now.

The Blue Jays have been linked to as many—possibly more—free agents than the Mets. Some of Jared Porter’s top targets are also on Toronto’s radar. This includes Trevor Bauer, George Springer, and DJ LeMahieu.

Offseason Mets rumors have taken a bit of a backseat to the holiday season. With Christmas, New Year’s, and everything else now in the past, we can focus on what really matters: signing some free agents.

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Steve Cohen has been busy this winter, mostly on Twitter. We haven’t heard much about Porter since he became the general manager. The club’s focus appears to be on building some minor league depth while waiting to see if anything moves along with the major league free agents.

Mets rumors involving trades have also stalled. Remember when it seemed like a foregone conclusion that they would land at least one star via trade? Those days feel like a distant memory.

For Mets fans hoping to swipe up all of the best free agents, the Blue Jays aren’t going away anytime soon. They pose a serious threat to both New York teams. I have a hard time believing they will take an “L” on Bauer, Springer, and LeMahieu. At least one of them is going north of the wall in 2021.

Bauer already met with the Blue Jays and the sweepstakes to land Springer is rumored to be between them and the Mets. A similar sentiment could be said about LeMahieu but switching out the Mets for the New York Yankees.

Toronto has been a pest this offseason. Potentially, they could increase the asking price of any of these three free agents and leave the Mets overpaying for one.

The important thing is that the Mets actually do land at least one of these notable free agent options. After Bauer and Springer have priced themselves at $200 and $150 million respectively, we have to wonder exactly how much Cohen is willing to spend on them or anyone else.

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Cohen may not want to spend like a drunken sailor. If he wants to land a star, however, he may need to overtip on the bill like a buzzed one.

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