Steve Cohen has shifted the focus not only to the Mets in New York.
One industry has turned its attention to who will manage baseball operations and how the now richest owner of the sport will be. he spends his money this season. Such is the power of the stock market, especially in the time of COVID-19.
Although the two issues concern the sport and have long-term ramifications, they are part of a mosaic of other low-profile issues that the Mets will consider in conjunction. We take a rubric in 2021 (which plays shortstop), one in the 2021-22 season (Michael Conforto’s free agency) and a voice in the 2022-23 season (Jacob deGrom’s option) to see the impact current and future:
Do the Mets have a short past (Amed Rosario), present (Andres Gimenez) and future (Ronny Mauricio)? Do they have a lot of business?
The 2020 season ended with Gimenez as the shortstop. The transition from Brodie Van Wagenen to Sandy Alderson doesn’t help Rosario’s case take back the spot. Alderson had Rosario in his first Mets pass, and Alderson is obsessed with batters who control the outfield area to design walks and know which pitches can be best treated to do damage. So Rosario was a frustration in that realm, and by 2020 his zone rating is back (out of 223 players with at least 140 plate appearances last year, Rosario had the fourth-worst walking rate).
His agent, Ulises Cabrera, noted that after 46 games played in 2019 that Rosario’s numbers (four omers, .687 OPS) resembled the 46 games he played in 2020 (four homers, .643 OPS). In 2019 Rosario took after 46 games (11 omers, .783 OPS). In addition, Van Wagenen met with Cabrera during the 2019 campaign to show how he lacked his lateral range, and Rosario worked with field coach Gary DiSarcina to improve. As of August 1, 2019, through the 2020 season, Rosario is tied for eighth place in shortstops with defensive stalwarts Nick Ahmed and Andrelton Simmons in Outs Above Average (thanks to MLB.com’s great Sarah Langs for help in this).
He added that Rosario turned just 25 years old on Friday, and Cabrera said, “As far as we’re concerned, Amed Rosario is the starting point for the New York Mets, and he works and prepares as such.”
Last year, another Cabrera client, Miguel Andujar, began preparing for positions other than his own, feeling he had lost his third base job for Gio Urshela. Cabrera said Rosario will not be playing Winter Ball to work in different positions or working in different positions as a center field alone. A Mets official, however, said playing various positions is “likely on the cards” for Rosario.
Which suggests that Gimenez – who has an early feeling for the strike zone and Rosario’s better general instinct – is the beginner. So does Rosario actually become more of a jack-of-all trade or a trading chip? Cabrera said: “I’m sure many teams want Amed Rosario to be their shortstop for many years to come.”
The Mets could try to trade for Francisco Lindor. But the current most likely path is to play Gimenez to assess his growth (he’s only 22 years old), so that for next season they have more information about Gimenez, Mauritius (assuming some form of a minor league season 2021) and a free-agent class shortstop that currently includes Lindor, Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager and Trevor Story.
Van Wagenen’s performance for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz also seemed to get worse last week when Cano was suspended for the 2021 season after failing a second test for a prohibited substance. It gets worse for the Mets after dealing with Comfort because: 1) Cano’s two years at $ 40.5 million return to the nomination, and 2) Jarred Kelenic (the key player who went to Seattle) isn’t around cum ‘and a field Plan B if Comfort comes out as a free agent.
Comfort used the entire field better in the 2020 brief, hitting .322 with a .927 OPS. Perhaps that wouldn’t be sustainable for the entire season, since his .412 batting average for the balls in play was 16 points higher than any other qualification, suggesting an element of luck in the results.
Expect Comfort representative Scott Boras not to present it as luck. Among others, Boras earned seven-year Jayson Werth seven years at $ 126 million 10 years ago, and Shin-Soo Choo (seven years at $ 130 million) and Jacoby Ellsbury (seven years at $ 153 million) seven years ago. He will have a book that shows that contracts are obsolete and that Comfort is better than all three.
Does the Mets use Cohen’s money to keep a home product drafted in the first Alderson administration? That could influence, for example, how much they want to spend on this free agency for another outfielder like George Springer.
The Mets ace has not spoken publicly so he fired his long-term agents (CAA) and hired VC Sports Group. The industry’s belief is dissatisfied with the five-year, $ 137.5 million extension signed amid the strange situation in which its old agent (Van Wagenen) had become the GM Mets (albeit under the rules for refusing this negotiation).
This contract has a running back after the 2022 campaign to move away from $ 30.5 million in 2023 and a club option of $ 32.5 million in 2024.
DeGrom will enter his 35th season after the 2022 season, but if he remains among the top pitchers in the majors, this should be an easy decision to opt out of – especially assuming the sport and the world are beyond him. the pandemic and MLB has a new collective agreement.
The Mets could try to be proactive by adding a few years. They will agree on both sides to snatch the three-year deal and a viable option for a new four-year deal, $ 148 million that at $ 37 million on average annually would surpass MLB’s current record of $ 36 million. by Gerrit Cole? Or do the Mets feel more compelled to cover on deGrom’s near future by signing free agent Trevor Bauer, even if the expectation is that he would want to spend even on any multi-year deal? Or try for Charlie Morton for a year (word is that the Braves are the first) and a multi-year guy with Lance Lynn-ish at the helm as Jake Odorizzi, who current Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner knows well from his Gemini days? Or two multi-year businesses like Odorizzi and Masahiro Tanaka?