If it wasn't already clear, this is a new era of New York Mets baseball. The times with the penny-pinching Wilpon's are over, and the Mets are all in. They are 30+ games above .500 and are currently the World Series favorite according to Fangraphs.
At the trade deadline, the Mets contacted the Angels to see what it'd take to acquire reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani. The Angels had no interest in trading him for some reason, and so the Mets did not end up acquiring him or having any meaningful talks.
The Angels just announced that they will be exploring the idea of selling the team. With Ohtani entering free agency after the 2023 season with likely no interest in re-signing, I believe the Angels will trade him. If they do trade him, the Mets should be considered the favorite to land him.
1) Reason NY Mets should be considered favorites to land Ohtani: They're willing to spend money
Trading for Ohtani likely means extending him. The price will be sky high for good reason. Even with his expiring contract status, Ohtani is still the best player in the game. Nobody has done what he's doing right now, and it's very likely we never see this type of player again.
Ohtani is a Cy Young caliber pitcher on the mound while swinging an MVP level bat. He did win MVP last season when he hit 46 home runs and posted a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts for the Angels.
The Mets have been very clear that they are willing to spend money on pieces they deem necessary. They spent $341 million dollars to extend their franchise shortstop Francisco Lindor. They spent $120 million dollars on Max Scherzer this offseason.
The Mets are well over the luxury tax and will have to stay there in order to remain competitive. Everything we've seen from Steve Cohen's Mets suggests they will be willing to spend whatever it took to trade for and extend Shohei Ohtani.
There are only a handful of teams that would be willing to go to the lengths that the Mets would go to in order to land a player of Ohtani's caliber.
Ohtani would fill two massive needs for New York and would be the greatest attraction in the big city for a long time.