Steve Cohen has moved the spotlight not only to the Mets in New York.
An industry has turned its attention to who is going to run baseball operations and how the now richest owner in the sport will spend his money this offseason. Such is the power of the purse, especially in the time of COVID-19.
Though both issues preoccupy the sport and have long-term ramifications, they are part of a mosaic of other near-term issues that the Mets have to consider in conjunction. Let’s take one heading into 2021 (who is playing shortstop), one heading into the 2021-22 offseason (Michael Conforto’s free agency) and one heading into the 2022-23 offseason (Jacob deGrom’s opt out) to see the current and future impact:
Do the Mets have a shortstop past (Amed Rosario), present (Andres Gimenez) and future (Ronny Mauricio)? Do they have lots of trade chips?
The 2020 season ended with Gimenez as the shortstop. The transition from Brodie Van Wagenen to Sandy Alderson does not help Rosario’s case to regain the spot. Alderson had Rosario in his first Mets stint, and Alderson is obsessed with hitters controlling the strike zone to draw walks and know which pitches they can handle…