So many questions surround the New York Mets heading into the offseason. None of them is bigger than whether or not to re-sign the best pitcher in baseball, Jacob deGrom. This is not an easy decision. It is not as simple as just giving him whatever he wants.
The Mets are set to lose ⅘ of their rotation to free agency and spending all of their money on deGrom may not be the smartest move considering the state of the starting pitching staff and the rest of the roster.
Now let me start off by saying, personally, I would give deGrom whatever he wants. He is a generational talent and a franchise player who has shined in the bright lights of Queens. With that said I am so glad I don’t have to make that decision. That is something Mets Owner Steve Cohen must have been pondering all season long.
Speaking of Uncle Steve, I’ve been trying to think about all the ways he would handle this tough situation and it got me thinking: what happens if Jacob deGrom signs elsewhere?
Well, I came to the realization that MLB Owners should be very afraid of Mr. Cohen if deGrom doesn’t re-sign with the Mets.
This whole situation reminds me of last off-season when Cohen was trying to bring Steven Matz back to the Mets. With a contract close to being presented, Matz decided last minute to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals without allowing the Mets to counteroffer.
This decision not only irritated Cohen but also set off a chain of events that benefited the Mets in the long run.
Following the failed try at a Matz reunion, Cohen went on a shopping spree. He started off by signing All-Star outfielder Starling Marte, then added two nice complementary players and clubhouse leaders in Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha. To put the cherry on top he signed the top free agent starting pitcher, a World Series Champion, and future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer.
This showed Mets fans that the Wilpon era was officially over and that they would be a player in free agency every year. It also showed that Mr. Cohen should not be messed with or taken lightly. After all, he is the richest owner in MLB.
This all brings me back to the deGrom situation. If he doesn’t re-sign I can see Cohen going on a spending spree.
There are a lot of top free agents available including Aaron Judge, Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, and Carlos Rodón to name a few. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cohen signs a couple of these guys and then some if deGrom takes his talents elsewhere.
Either way, I really think the Mets are in a good situation here. To me, it’s a win-win if deGrom re-signs or not. If he comes back we have another franchise player for life. If he doesn’t Cohen will spend big time to try and make this roster a championship-caliber team.
My advice to MLB owners: worry… be very worried because Steve Cohen and the Mets are coming!