Seiya Suzuki has the Mets "entertained"
By Tim Boyle
With the CBA set to expire before you finish all of your Thanksgiving leftovers, New York Mets rumors are beginning to leak. I know December is supposed to be the happiest time of the year. If you’re a baseball fan, it’s the Hot Stove Season that gets us all juiced up.
According to Dan Martin of the NY Post, the latest Mets rumors point to the club “entertaining” the idea of free agent Seiya Suzuki. Like with any of the Mets rumors you may read about this time of year, I hope you get a good laugh about the verbs and adjectives used to describe a team’s level of interest.
In the case of Suzuki, it’s entertainment.
Prepare yourself for a Mets rumors season with everyone involved
Now that there’s a general manager in place, an owner willing to spend, and a roster in need of some major changes, it’s time for the Mets to get to work. Things could get rambunctious over the next week and a half before the CBA expires. And after it does, we should see things come to a halt.
As Martin points out, the CBA issue could pose a threat to Suzuki’s availability. As it stands, teams would have until December 22 to reach a deal with Suzuki. However, any stoppage could thwart those best-laid plans.
Taking the road more traveled, I’m not optimistic the Mets will bring Suzuki to Flushing. While he meets the criteria of what they could use in the outfield to help replace Michael Conforto, I’m not so sure they’re a match for him.
Per Martin, industry sources expect Suzuki to get a contract worth 3-5 years and $7-10 million per season. This isn’t exactly the kind of money to scare an owner away, let alone one like Cohen with so much wealth that he files his nails with twenty-dollar bills.
Billy Eppler has only been the official general manager for a few days now. Prior to this, any Mets rumors were likely more speculation than anything else. This one might have some legs—but of course, why wouldn’t any team “entertain” the idea of Suzuki? He’s an international star who won’t cost a draft pick and apparently isn’t too expensive.
Not entertaining the idea of signing him would be a mistake by the Mets. Let’s see if this entertainment extends beyond curiosity.