With now the richest ownership group in Major League Baseball, the New York Mets are hoping to make a splash in free agency this winter.
The Mets are reportedly chasing more than one of the four biggest names available -- JT Realmuto, Trevor Bauer, George Springer and Francisco Lindor -- according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
The first three names listed are all unrestricted free agents, while Lindor is in entering his final season under contract with the Indians. Cleveland has told multiple teams that their All-Star shortstop will be available in trade talks this winter.
Signing Springer would make the most sense of any of the names listed above. The former Astros outfielder is a proven winner and would give the Mets a much-needed upgrade offensively. Springer can hit anywhere in the order and is a rangy center fielder, which would allow Brandon Nimmo to move to left and Michael Conforto to right.
Bauer, the 2020 NL Cy Young, would also make a lot of sense for the Mets. Bauer would slot into the No. 2 spot in New York's rotation, with Jacob deGrom as the ace and recently re-signed Marcus Stroman as the third starter. With Noah Syndergaard's return from Tommy John surgery unlikely before mid-summer at the earliest, Bauer would be a solid addition.
Realmuto has earned the reputation as Major League Baseball's best catcher, and is expected to have multiple suitors after him this winter. The Phillies will likely be in the mix to re-sign him -- well, at least Bryce Harper hopes so -- and the Nationals could also be another NL East team that inquires about his services. Whoever lands Realmuto will be set at the position.
Lindor might be available in trade talks, but shortstop-needy teams, the Mets included, might be better off waiting until next offseason. After the 2020 season, a flurry of All-Star caliber shortstops become free agents in addition to Lindor, including World Series MVP Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, and Trevor Story.
During his introductory press conference earlier this month, Mets owner Steve Cohen dropped this statement:
“If I don't win the World Series in the next 3-5 years, I’d like to make it sooner, I would consider that slightly disappointing.”
Well, how he spends his money over the next pair of offseasons will go a long way in whether his goal becomes a reality or not.