Meet the Mets
The Mets are reportedly one of six teams interested in star KBO infielder Ha-Seong Kim.
If rich owners like Steve Cohen invest in the franchise and give the team a better chance to win, past indiscretions are often overlooked by the fanbase, writes Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News.
It certainly helps that Cohen has made himself more accessible to the media and the fans than the previous regime. Steve Serby of the Post conducted a Q&A with the new Mets owner.
Around the National League East
On an NL East roundtable podcast, analysts representing each team laid out the worst case scenario for the team in 2021. For the Mets, it’s wasting another year of Jacob deGrom’s prime. For the Phillies, it’s letting J.T. Realmuto walk away and end up with another losing season. For the Nationals, it’s a repeat of 2020. For the Braves, it’s not making the World Series. And for the Marlins, it’s taking a step back from what they built in 2020.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo isn’t ruling out a reunion with Ryan Zimmerman, despite acquiring Josh Bell to play first base.
Around Major League Baseball
The Padres and Cubs have reportedly discussed a Yu Darvish trade, although “signals from team sources have been mixed on how far along those talks are.”
“Watch the Dodgers,” warns Joel Sherman of the Post; they could move in on free agents like Trevor Bauer and DJ LeMahieu if other teams do not act quickly.
Gregory Polanco has broken his wrist and will be sidelined from baseball activities for 4-6 weeks.
The Red Sox have “strong interest” in Kiké Hernandez, reports Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com.
Josh Bell and Scott Boras had talked to the Pirates about a possible contract extension, but that never materialized.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Chris McShane continued his search for free agent left-handed relievers who could help out the righty dominated Mets bullpen.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 2001, the Mets made what ended up to be an ill-fated trade for Mo Vaughn.