The potential Mets-Padres trade will tell a lot about Steve Cohen

With Steve Cohen there is no uncertainty about the willingness to spend. Just about the wisdom to do it.

The man who asked this question to Steve Cohen in the last few days was Steve Cohen. For most of last week, he had a trade offer on his table when the Mets take over about half of Eric Hosmer’s four-year-old $ 59 million to access much-needed depth of supply now and in the near future with starter Chris Padac and starter Emilio Pagan .

Cohen considered the deal before it became known that Jacob de Grom’s shoulder injury should cost him at least two months, and Max Scherzer – a problem with the hamstring, which could prevent him from making the first turn. This only underscores the need for more filing.

But are these pitchers suitable to send Smith’s house to San Diego and take a contract that the Mets doesn’t need to tie to a player they don’t want? The podcast has been almost less effective since the newcomers ’breakthrough in 2019 (which included a verbal skirmish with Pete Alonso). The right hand is an upscale shock throw with a stunning change. But his fastball is straight and he needs to develop a feel for the third court. Pegan was long-lived with a strong strikeout, but Homer is receptive, giving up 45 over the past four years – six more than any other drug.

There are also optics. Part of the recent collective bargaining was not only leadership against the players, but other owners against Cohen and his major expenses. The newly signed CBA has a new, fourth-tier luxury tax rate of $ 290 million, dubbed the Steve Cohen tax, which was designed to try to curb it. In fact the Dodgers will now overcome that barrier after Friday’s exchange of AJ Pollock for Craig Kimbrell.

Steve Cohen

This trade would exceed the Mets’ forecast by $ 290 million and hit the first-ever $ 300 million mark. Even Cohen has some pause about crossing that line so soon after the CBA deal.

Due to the fact that Padres will go $ 34 million for one offer, Hosmer will cost Metz from $ 6.25 million on their salaries for tax purposes not only this year but also in three seasons. Poddak ($ ​​2.25 million) and Pegan ($ 2.3 million) will die with Smith ($ 3.95 million) around 2022.

The luxury tax record was $ 297.5 million for the Dodgers in 2015.

Cohen tried to imitate those Dodgers who were also still in the early years of the new property, using their money to try to speed up relevance and controversy while covering up the modernization of the lower league’s feeding system.

This system is not ready to help with the depth of the serve, which was the biggest problem for the Mets even before the loss of DeGrom and the failure of Scherzer. The post-lockout trade for Chris Basito looks even more valuable now that he is teaming up with Carlos Carasco and Taiyuan Walker in rotation.

Paddock will join Taylor Magil, David Peterson and – at some point during the year – Joe Lucezi (Tommy John’s operation) to provide rotation options. In addition, Basit, Carasca, DeGrom and Walker may become free agents after the 2022 season. So Paddak has control at least until 2024 also makes it more attractive. Since he was raised for the start of the 2019 season, Pedak has exactly three years of service. So if the Mets send him to the juveniles for more than three weeks, they could postpone his free agency until the 2025 season. The pagan has two years of control left.

Chris Paddak
Dominic Smith
Dominic Smith
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Paddock, 26, was 9-7 with a 3.33 ERA as a newcomer in 2019. But he had a 4.73 ERA for 12 starts in the abbreviated COVID-19 2020 season. That was 5.07 in 23 games (22 starts) last season for the disappointing Padres. Paddock, who underwent surgery on Tommy John’s juveniles, was shut down last September due to a slight sprain of his right elbow. He came to this camp in the fight for fifth place rotation with recently signed Nick Martinez.

Both Paddock and Alonso were included in the lists of openings of 2019 and had beautiful April. Alonso was named the rookie of the month of NL. Paddock responded by saying, “I’m following him,” and noted that the goal was “Newbie of the Year” (which defeated Alonso), not “Newbie of the Month.” The two confronted each other on May 6. Alonso went 0-3-3 with two strikeouts against Paddak, who resolutely put up the strikeouts.

After that, Alonso pushed the issue a bit, telling reporters: “If he’s crazy (didn’t win the rookie of the month in the NL), there are five more months. … He also said something about winning the newcomer of the year. That would be good, but I’m trying to win the World Series. “

For Metz, 32-year-old Hosmer would be a more expensive, more limited Smith, a left-handed swinger who can transfer Alonso to a designated striker with some regularity. Unlike Smith, who also played a corner field, Hosmer has played 25 innings for a career in the far field, none since 2015. It was the year when the royal team defeated the Mets in the World Series, in which the iconic game Hosmer played in the 5th game. The first man from the base Lucas Duda wildly threw in a plate.

After the 2017 season, Hosmer signed with San Diego an eight-year deal with a free agent for $ 144 million, and his performance as Padre was routine – perhaps most surprisingly, the Scouts refer to how his defense has taken a noticeable step back. The team had been trying to change it for at least a year to withdraw wages to address other needs – namely the field bat – and Hosmer was upset at how public his availability had become.

It would be difficult for the Metz to change Hosmer elsewhere. After all, his contract gives him full protection from the trade ban after he was sold once. So you have to wonder if the Mets could just release Hosmer and eat what they owe him for the next four years.

This is a great price to pay for two potentially useful but not essential pitchers. That’s why Cohen ponders whether he will spend, or whether he will spend wisely.

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