According to Jon Heyman the Mets are still viewed as the front runners to sign George Springer, while also being heavily involved in the Brad Hand Market. To me the news about Springer is interesting with the addition of Lindor and Carrasco. It’s likely the Mets will go over the luxury tax this year and worth noting, it will make for some interesting decisions in 2022.
We all know what Springer can do and how good the Mets will be with Springer in the lineup. A RH hitting CF’er with a terrific bat and solid defense. It will move Nimmo to LF, were he is above average defensively.
Hand is the main lefty bullpen arm on the market. He led the majors in saves and pitched to a minuscule 2.05 ERA and 0.77 WHIP. The Mets don’t have a lefty in their pen right now, so going after the big lefty is a logical step.
With how good both of these guys are, the Mets will have a terrific team. They could we great even with the rotation as it stands now. Getting Hand will make the bullpen so deep, that will ease the pressure on the rotation. Springer will give the lineup even more thumb and provide solid defense up the middle.
With all that being said, it’s hard for me to imagine how this will all fit in the budget for next year. If the Mets want to extend Conforto/Syndergaard, the addition of Springer isn’t likely. Will the Springer addition mean no Conforto long term? Or will the Mets keep going over the luxury tax? Interesting how this is going to work out.
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