The quickly approaching MLB offseason should be a source of hope and optimism for fans of the New York Mets. Last year at this time, owner Steve Cohen was just getting settled into his new role.
Now, the wealthiest owner in the league has had an entire season to assess and plot a direction for the franchise’s future. All parties in New York’s front office have expressed the intention to compete for a championship. The next major question surrounds how the Mets will build their 2022 roster.
There is no shortage of combinations built around current Mets, free agents, or possible trade candidates. One potential star trade target is particularly interesting for New York’s current core: Cleveland All-Star Jose Ramirez.
Would a player like Ramirez be a good fit for the Mets? Here are five key thoughts:
1) The Mets and Cleveland franchise have a recent rapport
It’s difficult to make a blockbuster trade in any sport. It takes the perfect combination of a rebuilding franchise looking to move a star player and a contender willing to give up assets. In MLB, the equation is further muddied by prospects, less valuable draft picks, and a huge discrepancy in payroll between clubs.
The front office executives in New York and Cleveland proved their compatibility during last offseason’s blockbuster involving Francisco Lindor. Fast forward one year, and both teams are once again in a similar position.
The Mets are still seeking a splash acquisition that will boost the franchise into postseason contention. Cleveland on the other hand is still seeking to unload its best player for prospects and young players.
The specifics of a potential deal would be difficult for each side to determine. But their experience working together is a plus.