3) Reason NY Mets should be considered favorites to land Ohtani: They have the pieces to get a deal done
The Mets have the money to extend Ohtani after the 2023 season. The Mets have the Billy Eppler connection. The last piece needed is the trade pieces to land Ohtani. Fortunately, the Mets have those pieces as well.
The Mets have baseball's number one ranked prospect according to mlb.com in Francisco Alvarez. They also have the #19 prospect Brett Baty, the #40 prospect Kevin Parada, and the #90 prospect Alex Ramirez.
The Mets also have first round pick Jett Williams, and other exciting prospects like Ronny Mauricio and Mark Vientos.
The Mets improved their farm system a lot during this year's draft. The flaw of the system is that it's top heavy, but that's a good thing when it comes to trades like this one. It will take high end prospect talent to land the best player in the game.
Will the Mets have to trade all of their top prospects? I don't think so. Ohtani is going to be entering the final year of his deal and everybody knows the Angels have to trade him so they don't lose him for nothing.
There will be competition, but a lot of teams won't be in the running because they won't be willing to spend what it'll take to keep him for more than one season.
All signs point to Ohtani being dealt this offseason and the Mets seem to check every box needed in order to acquire the superstar. Should be another exciting offseason in Queens.