Some day after New York Mets rumors to catch you up on: Billy Eppler was not one of the MLB general managers to make a serious offer to the Los Angeles Angels for Shohei Ohtani
In fact, only three teams apparently even created a package that didn’t have the Angels responding with ROFLMAO or just replying with the crying and laughing face.
Mets rumors: Shohei Ohtani was never realistic right now anyway
Eppler might have actually been the one to start the Ohtani speculation. His connection to the Angels organization gave him a free pass to call them. If someone didn’t do their job right, maybe he still has a key code to enter the building.
Over the last few weeks, there have been plenty of Mets rumors linking them to a number of superstar players as well as more likely fits for the roster. Not every team can be full of Juan Sotos. You need your Daniel Vogelbachs and Tyler Naquins.
This is probably the best piece of news fans could have received about Ohtani anyway. He was never all that likely to end up in Flushing by the end of this year’s MLB trade deadline. He’d be a much better fit as an offseason trade candidate for the Mets.
The Mets should be in on just about every major free agent the whole tenure of Steve Cohen as the owner of the ball club. Trades might be a little more difficult to execute. Because others know this is the strength of the ball club, they may be a little more hesitant to give them a break in a deal.
That’s not to suggest anyone would have been given any favors in an Ohtani trade. He sells tickets. Dealing him away now would only have the fandom completely crash. An offseason trade could at least allow the Angels to add more major league players and give them an opportunity to sign some guys as well. Their attempts to contend haven’t gone well. Often a big spender, they may need some help climbing out of it by ultimately trading Ohtani away before they’re left with nothing.
Mets rumors linking them to the sport’s biggest star may be asleep for now. Fortunately, we have the offseason to look forward to when all bets are off.