This week, the GM meetings will be taking place in San Diego. With that, comes plenty of trade talks and free agent rumors. Of course the most talked about story will be star free agents, shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado and outfielder Bryce Harper.
At just 26 years old, both players have been projected to receive massive pay days this offseason. Due to this, many figure negotiations will soar far out of the Mets price range.
However, as Jon Morosi of MLB Network notes, though the Mets have not developed a concrete offseason plan just yet, there is a “remote possibility” that the team could sign Manny Machado this offseason.
Morosi says that the fact that the Mets “received such little production from the left side of their infield in 2018, and the end of David Wright’s playing career gives the team clarity to aid in their strategy.”
Jim Bowden of the Athletic also recently listed the Mets as a potential suitor in the Machado sweepstakes.
Despite his lack of hustle among other on-field antics, Machado is the type of player the Mets need. In this lefty heavy offense, he could provide a middle of the order, MVP caliber right-handed bat. The addition of Machado and the anticipated promotion of Peter Alonso could work wonders for this offense.
In 2018 with the Dodgers and Orioles, Machado posted a 6.2 WAR and slashed .297/.367/.538 with 35 doubles, 37 home runs, 14 stolen bases, and 107 RBI.
If the Wilpons and Van Wagenen really want to send a message to Mets fans and the rest of the league, they will do whatever it takes to land Manny Machado this offseason.