2021 New York Mets Rumors: Next Steps for Cohen’s Mets

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Last week was a huge week in baseball. There’s been plenty of 2021 New York Mets rumors floating around this offseason, and last week they struck big-time.

On Thursday, General Manager Jared Porter completed the first major splash of the Steve Cohen era, landing Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco in a trade with Cleveland in exchange for Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Josh Wolf, and Isaiah Greene.

With the additions of Lindor and Carrasco, as well as free agents Trevor May and James McCann, the Mets roster has already improved significantly. While this is already a big off-season haul, the Mets may not be done adding just yet. 

The stove is hot, and the 2021 New York Mets rumors just keep on coming. Let’s take a look at the latest on both the trade market and in free agency.  

2021 New York Mets Rumors: Spring Loaded?

The big-name tied to the Mets all offseason long has been one of the top position players on the market, center fielder George Springer

Early last week, Mike Puma of the NY Post said he heard from an industry source Mets team brass is “optimistic George Springer will be wearing a Mets uniform by the time spring training begins.”

Andy Martino of SNY notes league sources have indicated Springer is said to be seeking approximately $175 million, and the Mets were willing to offer a five-year deal in the $150 million range.

It is unknown whether or not this is still a possibility after the Lindor acquisition, however, the Mets should absolutely be pushing hard to land the Connecticut native.

Springer, a right-handed-hitting outfielder and natural centerfielder is a perfect fit in Queens. He would provide some balance at the top of an already strong lineup, and is certainly an upgrade over Brandon Nimmo defensively in center.

Over his seven-year big league career, Springer is a two-time Silver Slugger award winner and has finished in the top-15 in AL MVP voting three times. This potential match is definitely something to keep an eye on moving forward.

Hot Corner Upgrade?

The Mets 2021 starting third baseman may not be on the roster right now. Late last week, Mets Team President Sandy Alderson told reporters J.D. Davis is the starter at the hot corner “for now.”

The latest 2021 New York Mets rumors certainly back these sentiments up. The Mets have reportedly been looking around on the trade market for a potential replacement at the hot corner.

Both Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Mike Puma of the NY Post mentioned that the Mets have had discussions with the Chicago Cubs about a potential Kris Bryant trade.

Mike Mayer of MetsMerized Online notes that sources have told him the Mets have also shown interest in Kyle Seager of the Mariners.

Bryant is a very interesting option that should be able to be had for relatively cheap. His shoulder injury is a bit worrisome, but he still hit 31 homers and posted a .903 OPS over 147 games in 2019.

Davis was one of the few successful moves by former GM Brodie Van Wagenen. He broke out in a big way at the plate and became a fan favorite in his first full season with the Mets. However, Davis struggled during the pandemic shortened 2020 season, and isn’t all that great on the defensive side of the ball.

While there may not be too much steam to these reports, the interest in upgrading certainly doesn’t bode well for the 27-year old slugger.

Calling in the Southpaw

While speaking on WFAN, both Porter and Alderson specifically stated that the Mets are interested in acquiring a left-handed reliever.

This isn’t very surprising, as Daniel Zamora and Stephen Tarpley are the top-two left-handed relief option on the current Mets roster. There is definitely a need here as currently constructed.

There are a ton of interesting lefty-relief options still available on the market. Earlier in the week, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported that the Mets have been in contact with Brad Hand, which makes a ton of sense. 

Alderson said earlier in the offseason that the new front-office would’ve put in a claim for Hand when he was on waivers had it been their call at the time. 

Hand has been one of the top closers in the game for a couple of years now. He would provide a veteran lefty presence, and help shore up the backend of the Mets bullpen in a huge way.

Some other interesting options to keep an eye on are Jake McGee, Sean Doolittle, Tony Watson, and maybe even a reunion with the ageless wonder Oliver Perez.

The Mets certainly are not done adding this offseason. They still have money to spend and there are a ton of interesting free agents still out on the market. Keep your eyes peeled to OTH for the latest 2021 New York Mets rumors and moves.

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