A New York Post mailbag said that for the 2022 season, the New York Mets would love to have Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado in it. Good luck with that one.
New York Mets beat writer Mike Puma of New York Post had a mailbag recently and one of the questions was asking what he thinks their 2022 lineup would look like and he said that the “dream” lineup would start with the addition of Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Arenado, 29, will have an opt-out in his contract after the 2021 season but for the Mets to even think about getting him, there are a few conclusions that have to be jumped to and it’s why Arenado is very unlikely to go there.
As Puma notes, he is “operating under the assumption” that the Wilpons would sell the Mets to an owner with “deep pockets.” That’s a huge assumption right there, at least at this point: the Wilpons will sell the Mets.
Also, as Puma mentions, considering the current case of finances in baseball and the world in general, will Arenado want to opt-out of his deal that would guarantee him another $164 million and potentially even more with bonuses? If he does, why would he want to go play for the Mets?
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It’s not like the Mets are a team that is known for their winning ways and, at least under the current regime, they are essentially a small-market team in the biggest market in the United States. In addition, Arenado would be 3,000+ miles away from his home in California and his training facility in Arizona.
He would also be playing spring training games in Port St. Lucie, Florida, not Arizona, where all of the facilities are within an hour’s drive of each other. In Florida, there are some that are 3 or 4 hours away. He would also have to pay millions more per year in income taxes in New York state.
If the Wilpons sell the Mets with someone who wants to spend big on free agents, if you “take a leap of faith” and say that baseball’s economics have recovered in the next 18 months, and if the Mets offer an arm and a leg more than anyone else for Arenado to move across the country from the areas he spends most of his time, then maybe, just maybe they’d have a chance to sign him. Maybe.
Obviously, you can “dream” all you want (maybe the Angels will just give Mike Trout to the Rockies for nothing!) but, at least right now, there’s no way that a deal would happen for Arenado to go to the Mets.