3) NY Mets won’t win the World Series because of trade deadline difficulties
Billy Eppler’s biggest folly last year was the way he attacked the trade deadline. He had some major misses. Do we expect him to do better this time around?
Eppler can definitely get luckier this summer at the trade deadline. However, there is a difference. The Mets have an even bigger target on their backs. Their high-spending ways in the offseason will have some clubs questioning whether they even want to make a deal with them. At the very least, they’re going to hold their players hostage.
This was the lone fear of seeing Steve Cohen take over as the owner of the Mets and live up to our expectations. He competes in a way other owners don’t have an interest in doing. He’s all in.
An internal struggle they could face is actually trading away any of their notable prospects. Under Cohen and more so since Eppler arrived, they’ve been careful about which notable pieces from the farm are dealt. Even acquiring someone like Shohei Ohtani for two months is going to come at a high cost. By then, hopefully Cohen’s arch nemesis Arte Moreno no longer owns the Los Angeles Angels.
The Mets will have the ability to add to the roster as the season progresses. So will other clubs. It won’t be easy, though. Winning a championship isn’t easy. It’s even tougher when other owners hold a grudge because yours does things right.