The initial reaction to Robinson Cano be suspended for the entire 2021 season for a failed drug test was that the Mets had a little over $ 20 million more to spend on free agents.
DJ LeMahieu’s name was immediately linked to Queens and provided fodder for a delightful bidding war between the Mets and the Yankees. Which I couldn’t formulate, since the Yankees remain the betting favorite to keep their most complete player and MLB battle champion.
However, that doesn’t mean neophyte owner Steve Cohen is filling Cano’s savings in his car ashtray. Cohen had probably established his free agent record before Cano was suspended for the second time in what was forming as a career in the Hall of Fame.
In addition to LeMahieu, the top scorer on the free agent scale includes right-hander Trevor Bauer, catcher JT Realmuto and forester George Springer. Cohen is a good choice to get at least one of them.
So, could Cohen use a few Cano bonuses to engage outsider Michael Conforto and agent Scott Boras in negotiations for a multi-year deal? Comfort is eligible for free agency after the 2021 season.
When the Wilpons owned the Mets and Brodie Van Wagenen was the GM, they discussed the issue internally, but it never gained strength.
Now, Sandy Alderson is the president of the Mets, and as GM of the Mets in 2014, he used the tenth pick in the draft to take Comfort, so there’s a story.
While Boras has a history of advising clients to join a free agency, Comfort’s 2020 season could lead the Mets to make an offer that satisfies the left-back, who turns 28 on March 1st.
Comfort finished seventh among NL batters with an average of .322 and sixth with a .412 base percentage by 2020, when he earned $ 8 million and played in 54 games.