Business dance mats can be used to solve two big problems: Sherman


Angels need to create financial flexibility. So in December 2019, he added his first-round pick from last June, infielder Will Wilson, to convince the Giants to accept a final season, and a $ 12.6 million Zach Cozart’s three-year, $ 38 million deal.

San Francisco is essentially buying prospects. Cozart was released a month later.

The Angels were GM Billy Eppler at the time, working under the Willponian ownership of Arte Moreno – which, among other things, feels like a refusal to exceed the luxury tax threshold.

In his second term as GM, Eppler is going to see how the other side lives. Mets owner Steve Cohen has vowed that the baseball operations department will receive “whatever they want” to try to win in 2022. However, the Mets still need a two-pronged campaign: 1) If Jacob DeGrom is healthy and upgraded in the majors and Francisco Linder is well-suited to New York, the Mets have Panzer’s opportunity to compete. 2) Continue to emphasize the future by enlarging the shallow top-heavy farm system.

If Eppler chose to be on the other side of the Cozart business, Cohen’s wallet would allow the Mets to solve both at the same time. The market for distressed contracts is actually better for the Mets – among other things – than it is for pitching and launching third basemen. Keep in mind that many of the players mentioned below have some form of no-trade protection. Plus, this is my assessment of the hardship deal. But this gives Eppler an idea of ​​what he can do to get an established player to match the needs and expectations of all the remaining contracts:

1. Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers may be willing to part with Josh Hader.
The Brewers may be willing to part with Josh Hader.
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This is a strange bedfellow moment when Milwaukee owner Mark Atanasio is allowed to head the Mets to David Stearns, president of baseball operations. Or $ 17.5 million owed between Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 2022 contract and the 2023 purchase.

The Mets can use the center fielder, and Kane and Bradley are at least still the strongest defenders (Bradley, probably the Majors’ worst hitter last year). If the Mets are willing to get Milwaukee out of financial hell by taking one or two, should they have easy access to Josh Hodder, Milwaukee is considering trading anyway because he has $ 10 million-ish pending for 2022. Last season before free agency?

I have an obligation to mention that Christian Yelich has seven years left of $ 188.5 million and is not playing as the MVP he was when he signed his big contract.

2. The San Diego Padres

Eric Hosmer could be part of the Padres-Mets deal.
Eric Hosmer could be part of the Padres-Mets deal.
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After collecting the biggest payroll in team history and not making the playoffs, there is no indication that San Diego is in payroll-dump mode. At the trade deadline last July, however, the Padres were willing to wait for Eric Hosmer to remove the final four years for $ 59 million.

If DH is coming to the NL (almost sure), the Mets can get their hands on some prospects, can Pete Alonso take Hosmer for first base with DH? What if the Mets are willing to take on $ 21 million Will Myers? Two years at $ 37 million at You Darvish? Three-year $ 23 million in Ha-Seong Kim? Drew Pomeranz’s two years at $ 16 million? Lots of permutations here.

It should be noted that in the same vein as Yelich, Manny Machado has seven years left at $ 210 million. Does a playoff-less season still inspire San Diego to try to get out of that deal?

3. Dallas Keuchel

Including his 2023 purchase, Keuchel has $ 19.5 million in arrears. They are the younger, more expensive version of Rich Hill – an athletic lefty who can serve back-of-the-rotation innings. Does the White Sox redirect its money on other things and include the prospect of making the deal attractive?

The Dodgers owe David Price $ 16 million next year in the final season of his contract, and he has similarities to Keuchel.

There are three other leftists with three years left on the deal: Chris Sale of Boston and Patrick Corbin of Washington (both $ 85 million in arrears) and Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner ($ 60 million). Bumgarner and New York seem like a bad marriage. As for Sale and Corbin, Cohen is not taking on those full deals in hopes of reproducing them in Flushing. But what if the Mets cut their liability in half by trading Robinson Cano (pending $ 40.5 million for two years)? Want to get out of the uncertainty of two experienced pitchers, Boston and Washington, and spend half that amount?

Remember that it was the cousin who suggested it here during the last five years of the Mets Canoe deal (when the Wilpens were still the owner) – which allowed them access to Edwin Dias.

4. Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria could be part of the Padres-Mets deal.
Evan Longoria could be part of the Padres-Mets deal.
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They have a balance of $ 24.5 million between the 2022 salary and the 2023 purchase. At 36, he is still a good player who can defend third base. But would the Giants want to use their dollars to help re-sign Chris Bryant?

Josh Donaldson has a two-year arrears of $ 50 million, and Minnesota probably wants to re-allocate its dollars, especially in pitching. Cincinnati is underpaid and Mike Moustakas (two years $ 38 million) and Eugenio Suarez (three years $ 35 million) have two third basemen in a poor season.

5. Justin Upton

In November 2017, the Angels added one year to the remaining four seasons of their contract, rather than opting out of the Upton selection. GM Eppler who made it. The additional year will be $ 28 million in 2022. Eppler always liked Upton, but that was the previous version, not hitting .210 in the last three injury seasons.

He still has power. Can the Mets use him as a DH for a year if he can get the prospect? Are the Angels – like the Mets – already willing to give up the prospect of having more money to continue pitching after Aaron Loop and Noah Syndergaard get away from the Mets?

His current teams like to break free from two previous Eppler favorites contracts – Cubs ‘Jason Hayward (two years, $ 44 million) and Phyllis’ DD Gregorius (one year, $ 14.5 million).

Some other players / signing teams may be interested in promoting a prospect: Houston starter Jake Odoridzi ($ 11.5 million), Cincinnati center fielder Shogo Akiyama ($ 8 million), St. Louis starter Miles Mykolas (two years, $ 31.5 million) and Colorado outfielder (Two years, $ 31 million).



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