The New York Mets are spending money.
The entire sports world knew that Steven Cohen made some sort of agreement with Major League Baseball that he wouldn’t spend like crazy at the beginning. He adhered to that for a short time until this offseason with the additions of starter Kodai Senga and re-signing center fielder Brandon Nimmo to an 8-yr $162 million dollar deal with smaller deals for Jose Quintana and David Robertson and they’re not done yet!
The Mets Payroll Is Still Growing
This is what the Mets payroll looks like today. It’s possible that they might try and sign Carlos Correa to play third base or make a few trades to add some salary to sure up the corner position. James McCann, who lost his starting job last season and split time with Tomas Nido could be dealt if prospect catcher, Francisco Alvarez can break into the everyday lineup after debuting last season. Let’s see how many owners and members of the media talk about changing the luxury tax system to try and punish him.
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Padres Sure Up Their Infield With Xander Bogaerts
Now that the Padres paid $280 million for Bogaert’s services over 11 seasons, he will start the season at shortstop. However, when shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. finishes his 80-game PED suspension that runs into the 2023 season which runs no later than April 26th. Just in time for him to play with the Padres, at some position, in Mexico City on April 29th and 30th. Funny how things work out sometimes.
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Are The Phillies Looking At Other Pitching Options?
They could be unless they believe in current fifth starter Bailey Falter. At 25, he’s yet to prove himself at the major league level. He was 6-4 with a 3.86 ERA last season. But he gave up 16 home runs. The Phillies may have the best offense in the division and they fortified their starters a bit more with Taijuan Walker but Falter may not be it. Maybe Andrew Painter, one of their top prospect pitchers could be it. Seranthony Dominguez is the presumed closer. Last year they got through a shaky closer situation but this year he has to be lights out or they could fall in the NL East. They had 42 saves last year piecing it together but I doubt they can get away with that again.
Baseball is enduring. It doesn’t have unlimited funds but teams sure spent like there was this season. The 2023 season is shaping up to be one of the most memorable based on the engagement from the teams who spent.