The phrase “I trust you as far as I can throw you” has always made me laugh. Taking it literally, there are some people we will never trust and others we can trust about three-feet. When it comes to trust, it’s something that must be earned. New York Mets General Manager Billy Eppler is in this position for only the second offseason. He has yet to fully earn our faith, but he is doing a nice job thus far.
Eppler did spoil a lot of the trust we had at the trade deadline. I won’t touch too closely on that. Let’s enjoy the holiday season.
What Eppler has done outside of those two weeks or so has been much better. Exactly why should we trust him even if we can’t throw him? These three reasons.
1) NY Mets GM Billy Eppler gets ink on paper
Is it the number of zeroes of Eppler’s negotiating tactics which have helped the Mets snag so many important players? Let’s go with the former. The almighty dollar has the most soothing voice of all.
Nevertheless, Eppler does get the right ink on paper in the form of a player’s signature. He’s not some brilliant autograph hound who hangs out at hotels. Eppler has a solid enough pitch behind the scenes to land many of the top Mets free agent targets. In the case of the Chris Bassitt trade, he was able to put the charm on with the Oakland Athletics.
This isn’t something new for Eppler. Years ago, he was the general manager who signed Shohei Ohtani. Unfortunately for us, he was working for the Los Angeles Angels at the time. Many believe this will ultimately lead Ohtani to New York. Steve Cohen’s fat wallet will definitely help the case. So will Ohtani’s familiarity with Eppler.
Not everyone the Mets have wanted eventually signed with the team. There will continue to be some misses with the ones they do add. For the most part, Eppler is doing a fantastic job.