3) NY Mets free agent target who wants Steve Cohen's money: Julio Urias
Julio Urias has quietly become one of the better pitchers in the game. When talking about the Dodgers pitchers, players like Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler always come up, and deservingly so, but Urias has been one of the best pitchers in the National League in each of the last two seasons.
The southpaw posted a 2.16 ERA in 31 starts and 175 innings pitched. He led the league in ERA and his 194 ERA+ led the league as well. Urias was a Cy Young finalist finishing in third.
This outstanding season followed a 20-win campaign in which Urias posted a sub-3.00 ERA and finished seventh in the NL Cy Young balloting. Don't let the lack of an all-star appearance fool you, Urias is elite.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that Urias is unlikely to remain a Dodger after this season because of the pitch limits the team has set on him in his career. Urias leaving the Dodgers would be great news for the Mets, and the southpaw leaving Los Angeles for the Mets would be even better.
Urias is only 26 years old and is one of the best pitchers in baseball. He's hitting free agency in his prime and would give the Mets a solidified ace in their rotation for many years to come.
If Urias is absolutely leaving the Dodgers, it opens up the possibility for the Mets to swoop in and steal him away. If I'm Billy Eppler I absolutely consider doing it.