Yankees: George Springer-Mets rumors could be good news for NYY
If the Mets sign George Springer at his rumored price, that could be good news for the Yankees.
If you believe the Steve Cohen heads, the Mets have a phenomenal Christmas present up their sleeves, according to anonymous texts, “inside” sources with 23 followers and a burner phone, and photoshop wizardry.
But in this instance, it would certainly behoove the Yankees if the rumors are true — yes, even the rumored dollar amounts.
Lending almost no credence to the specifics, there has been an abnormal amount of chatter in the past 24 hours about the Mets bringing George Springer to town within the next few days. At this juncture, if it somehow turns out to be inaccurate, I’d feel worse for Mets fans than I already do.
After all, this buzz goes all the way to the top…of Barstool.
If the Mets are able to pull off this holiday coup, it would benefit the Yankees two-fold immediately.
In the most one-to-one advantage, the Yanks would be the beneficiaries of the Blue Jays’ failure here. DJ LeMahieu-to-Toronto is a poor on-paper speculative fit, and would mostly be a spite move for New York’s division rivals. But Springer? Springer fit that young team with playoff aspirations like a glove, filling a position of need long-term by providing veteran edge. Watching him choose the National League Mets over his other supposed finalist, who we play 18 times annually, is good news any way you slice it.
Additionally, with every high-dollar free agent the Mets chase, a fervent pursuit of LeMahieu becomes more of a pipe dream. If the team finalizes Springer, they’d still have rotation holes to fill with a higher priority than adding another second baseman in Jeff McNeil’s way — and McNeil would likely shift to second if the ex-Astro shows up in the outfield.
Also, not for nothing (maybe for nothing), but all the rumors, texts and DMs place Springer’s upcoming deal at five years and $125 million — otherwise known as LeMahieu’s upper-reaches contract ask. If Springer attains that goal, LeMahieu’s value will likely come in below that number — as much as we love our DJ, Springer is slightly younger and more dynamic.
But don’t ask Steve Cohen himself for any hints on whether this cascading chain reaction is at all legitimate. He’s not budging.
In a few hours, the Yankees could either have a clearer path to signing their top target at a descending price or we could be no closer to the top of the mountain, with a Toronto nightmare scenario still in play.
Here’s to hoping for the best.