The earliest New York Mets rumors this winter has focused on the search for an almost entirely new front office. They haven’t even dripped down to the coaching staff. This is an organization without a manager in place and in need of a whole lot of help around him.
While the Mets try to figure that out, other clubs are already eyeing which players they will bring to town.
Future Mets rumors will certainly revolve around the possibility of re-signing players like Javier Baez or Marcus Stroman. Unfortunately, other Mets rumors will mention the one team they could both end up with next year.
The Chicago Cubs are a team that could spoil many New York Mets rumors this winter
The Chicago Cubs practically handed the Mets two players over the summer. I know Pete Crow-Armstrong is a first-round draft pick. But let’s not kid ourselves. In a better situation with the Mets doing much more at the deadline, the trade that brought them Baez and Trevor Williams could have gone down in history as one of the all-time greatest at the deadline.
Instead, it’s going to be one of those afterthought trades. This becomes even truer if Baez leaves the club after only two months with them in 2021.
Despite selling off everyone they could back in July, the Cubs are rumored to become buyers this winter. They reset the payroll and in such a major market with some talent still around, it makes a lot of sense for them to do something crazy like ruin the Mets’ offseason plans.
Already, 2021 Mets have been linked to the Cubs. Stroman spoke openly about the possibility of joining the Cubs. Many, including Jon Heyman, have predicted Baez returns to the Cubs this winter. It’s a natural fit. He knows them, they know him, and there’s money for them to spend.
With as many high-profile free agents as the Mets have, they are bound to lose at least a couple. While Cubs may not land both Baez and Stroman, I would say it’s a safe bet to expect at least one to end up feeling the breeze from the Great Lakes on the Northside of town.
If the Mets are able to keep at least one of these guys on the roster for 2022, success!
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But don’t count out the Cubs at any point this winter to spoil those juicy Mets rumors.