NY Mets: Curb your enthusiasm for Seiya Suzuki coming to Queens
By Tim Boyle
Seiya Suzuki is a beast. In 1,054 career plate appearances at the professional level, he’s a .309.402/.542 hitter with 189 home runs, 621 RBI, and a whole bunch of accolades at the plate and in the field. Expected to come to the MLB this offseason, he might be exactly what the New York Mets are looking for.
First, there’s a matter of finding out what happens with Michael Conforto. The longtime right fielder received a qualifying offer from the club and now has a little over a week to make a decision. The thought has been that he’ll turn it down, in which case, right field opens up for Suzuki to become the savior at the position.
Every team, no matter how big or small, should be looking at Suzuki. Foreign stars sometimes sign with teams we might not expect them to so I wouldn’t rule out anyone outside of the consistently frugal organizations. The Mets, powered by Steve Cohen’s billions, aren’t one of those clubs.
How realistic is it that we’ll see Seiya Suzuki sign with the Mets?
Let’s rain on the parade quickly. I’m not confident that this will happen. Nor does anyone else seem to believe this will become the big splash from the Mets this winter. It’s still early in Suzuki’s process of coming to America but everywhere you may have read doesn’t seem to indicate the Mets are his destination.
That doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The Buster Olney Family Farm gets sold every offseason and so do plenty of others from people “in the know” who didn’t really know the answer after all.
As of right now, the priority for the Mets is to piece together their front office and build the coaching staff. I’m not sure Suzuki is on the radar whatsoever but again, that hardly rules them out.
It’s more of a gut feel that should have us thinking in a different direction. The Mets aimed to spend smartly last offseason. Signing Suzuki might feel like a no-brainer and it indeed could be. A year from now, he could be the one-way version of Shohei Ohtani with an MVP campaign under his belt.
Most Mets fans are hoping for the splashy winter of big stars coming to Queens. When the organization does eventually hire a President of Baseball Operations, it would be a slick move to quiet everyone who views the current regime in power as a joke. It starts a brand new legacy.
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Suzuki, however, probably won’t be a part of it. Cohen isn’t in the baseball business, he’s in the empire business. And right now, the empire needs a little restructuring before a star like this puts on blue and orange. Maybe, in a few years, the next international star posted will come.