At this time of year, many will say that they don’t want the team to pawn the future to try and win everything right now. New York Mets owner Steve Cohen appears to be steering this ship as we approach the trade deadline, regularly pointing out how tricky it is to navigate the waters of the general manager.
I understand Cohen’s logic. The Mets have a much better history of deadline losses when trading prospects for stars. But they also have a great history of failure in their quest to win it all.
The 2021 World Series is suitable for any team looking to drive a few extra miles. There is no real leader club in the National League. Each squad has its own disadvantages. If the Mets are willing, they can first take over the NL East and then face off against the rest of the NL opponents in the postseason.
Fortunately for them, adding a trade on the deadline may not cost them too much from a perspective. Four letters and a popular Broadway play contain the answer: “Rent.”
If Metz is unwilling to mortgage the future, stop looking for a rental.
The housing market in the United States is crazy and many young people are looking to buy a home. Some want to update. Others want them first.
Competition in the housing market has prompted some to reconsider their urgent need for something more than a traditional home. Instead, they decided to continue the lease.
There is nothing wrong with renting. In baseball, this is a really great strategy to get involved in the trade deadline. You can get excellent talent for a lot less money than if you were trying to find a guy who has worked for several years. The fact that the Mets landed Joenis Cespedes instead of Michael Fulmer and Luis Sess is pretty impressive. The club had a surplus of young pitchers. They could afford to sacrifice to the gods of the trade deadline.
The shopping block this summer includes several rental options for Metz. John Gray is arguably the best in terms of pitching. Out of the dough box, I was intrigued by the idea of perhaps making a deal with the Miami Marlins for Starling Martha.
Bigger names that were once considered affordable, such as Chris Bryant, are playing as unexpected contenders. And of course there are other names that don’t require any commitment after the 2021 season.
An alternative to cheap rent is the conclusion of a large contract.
Aside from the rental available, the Metz can use their wallets and look for a guy with a bad contract. Someone already mentioned with Mets connections is Josh Donaldson. He’s in his 30s and signed for a few more seasons, so the Minnesota Twins would be wise to move in with him. The Metz, with their richest baseball owner, have a mullah who can afford it.
These pay cut deals are not as common during the swap deadline as they are during the off-season. Typically, contract teams tend to relocate during the winter months when any team can absorb it. However, when the player is actually doing well and can contribute, a mid-summer blockbuster trade is always possible.
With one final scenario related to this, why not get greedy and see if the Mets can pair a bad contract with a younger, more talented player? Receiving money helps to level out some of the trading costs for the younger player. For example, combining Donaldson with Jose Berrios or Herman Marquez and Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies could be cheaper.
The Metz really needs to give up something good in order to regain quality. We can all agree on this. The worst thing they can do is sit back and hope the bats wake up, their hands stay healthy, and everything falls into place. Quoting Noah Sindergaard from a different context, the winning teams do things differently.