New York Mets fans waited past Black Friday to patiently pick and choose where to go to get the best bang for the buck.
So what gift will the New York Mets give their loyal fan base? Will Brodie Van Wagenen be pitching a tent outside the free-agent market ready to be the first to whip out that credit card and get all the toys he can fill a shopping cart, or will he stay in his living room in front of the fireplace and wait to see how the market pans out?
No one knows what Brodie is thinking. Only the Shadow knows. And for those of you that do not have a clue who the Shadow is, ask your parents, grandparents, or Google it.
Is Gerrit Cole in the picture? Or Anthony Rendon? Or trade for Mookie Betts or Starling Marte? These players would put BVW at the front of the line in the cold in waiting for those doors to swing open so he can fight his way to the Cabbage Patch section of the store before the other GMs beat him to the punch. Again, Google Cabbage Patch dolls, or better yet, YouTube it.
Even if BVW gets what he wants and goes to the cash register and whips out the Wilpon Visa credit card, the cashier may swipe the card only to see that his card is rejected because his credit limit is too low. Ah, shopping for that ideal player with a credit limit can be challenging. Much like Khol’s dollars as an incentive to shop for more merchandise, can he get players to come to Flushing for less?
Since many claim the Wilpons are not going to exceed the limit before the Luxury Tax kicks in, the list has shrunk considerably of superstar players.
But can you blame them? Does anyone like to give away money and not see positive results come out of it? Not me, that’s for sure. They awarded millions to Yoenis Cespedes for past performance for future expectations. Baseball owners still live in the past, and the Wilpons are no different when it comes to David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes.
Now Zack Wheeler is a Phillie signing a 5-year deal worth $118 million. It was apparent BVW was not bringing back Wheeler and certainly not at the amount stupid money Phillies offered.
But the Mets have other options to replace Wheeler. Rick Porcello, formally a Cy Young Award winner with the Boston Red Sox, is available and is a local kid that may want to come home if the price is right.
The Winter Meetings is right around the corner, and the Mets already made a move to sure up centerfield getting Jake Marisnick from the Houston Astros for two low-level minor leaguers. Marisnick is considered one of the best defensive gloves, and as of now, may platoon center with Brandon Nimmo. For sure, Marisnick will be the fourth outfielder and a late-inning defensive replacement.
Now, the recent news of the Wilpons negotiating the sale of the Mets to Steve Cohen has stolen the back pages of the New York Post and Daily News. Will BVW be able to exchange the Wilpon Visa for a Cohen Mastercard? After all, the agreement states that after the deal is finalized and Cohen gets 80% control of the Mets. Will BVW even stick around long enough to use Cohen’s money to get the necessary players to put the Mets in elite status?
From what I read, Cohen is a hedge-fund manager, and his value is estimated at $13.6 billion, and more importantly, he grew up on Great Neck, Long Island, as a Met fan. Wow!
You can envision the story of Jesus bringing Lazarus out from the dead and restore life to him, Met fans are waiting and hoping there is a resurrection of sorts coming out of Flushing.
So with Fred staying on as CEO for five years and Jeff Staying on as COO for the same time may create a hostile work environment. I can’t see Steve Cohen standing to the side while decisions are made while some of his money is infused to get players.
I don’t see this agreement last long. I understand Cohen needs to get his feet wet because he has to be a strong leader to take the reins and not act like a fan. Indeed, if Cohen can manage a hedge fund worth billions, he will undoubtedly run the Mets like one, with some risk expecting high rewards.
So Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday is over and Cyber Week is ending, BVW will have his credit card in his pocket in San Diego in the hopes of landing an upgrade in the bullpen, starting pitchers, and centerfield. And that has been filled with the Jake Marisnick trade.
So, Brodie, you got rid of Kumbaya Callaway and replaced him with a former New York Mets star in Carlos Beltran. Go to the Winter Meetings with the full support of the front office and new owner.
Christmas has arrived early this year, and I am making space under my Christmas for those gifts BVW will bring to deserving New York Mets fans.