Mets to Sign Springer
The NY Mets had a busy weekend. To kick things off they signed James McCann to a 4 year/40-million-dollar contract. Steve Cohen and his wife Alex then proceeded to show up Saturday at Citi Field to greet season ticket holders. They even handed out bobbleheads to fans, something the Wilpons wouldn’t be caught dead doing! Later that day they hired their next GM Jared Porter, who will become the Mets 14th GM in club history, handing him the keys to turn the Mets into the next powerhouse of the 2020s. Jared Porter will now work under team President Sandy Alderson.
If Jared Porter and Sandy Alderson aren’t sure how to proceed, I am here to save the day!
In a perfect world, the Mets should sign George Springer, Trevor Bauer, Liam Hendriks, another starter like Kluber or Lester, and trade JD, Rosario, and a prospect not in our top 10, for Lindor.
Although we don’t know what Steve Cohen and the Mets budget is for 2021, it’s safe to assume they don’t want to go over the luxury tax threshold in year 1. (But if Uncle Stevie wants to go buck wild that should be the plan!)
Back to reality, next on the Mets’ wish list should be centerfielder George Springer. The 31-year-old would be an absolute perfect fit for this Mets team and would provide an immediate return on investment in 2021. Signing Springer would allow the Mets to slide Brandon Nimmo over to leftfield, his natural position. This would give the Mets one of the better outfields in baseball with Nimmo, Springer, and Conforto. Springer is expected to receive a nice payday of around $125 million over 5 years.
Next, I would sign Jake Odorizzi who has been pretty consistent throughout his career with a 3.92 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 22.7 percent strikeout rate against an 8.2 percent walk rate. He did have a rough year last season, as he battled blisters issues and only made four starts with a 6.59 ERA. The Mets could potentially sign him to a 1 year “prove it” deal or if there is enough interest in him he may end up getting a three year deal, with around $10-13 million a year.
Last but not least, I would lock up Liam Hendriks, who is arguably the best closer in baseball. Over the past two seasons he had a 1.79 ERA with 110.1 innings pitched since 2019, and he struck out 38% of opposing hitters with a 5.7% walk rate. With Hendriks in the mix, that would give the Mets an absolute monster bullpen that would consist of Trevor May to pitch the 6th, Lugo in the 7th, Diaz in the 8th, and Hendriks to close it out.
My oh my, yes please, where do I sign?!?!
Written By Corey Kaplan
Corey Kaplan is a lifelong Mets fan who grew up on Long Island and now resides in Texas.
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