Let’s discuss three confluences:
1. The Mets just escaped a sizable portion of the $29.5 million owed Yoenis Cespedes for 2020. They have a large financial backbone coming if Steve Cohen is approved as primary owner. The Wilpons, therefore, might have only 2020 left to leave a more positive mark as owners.
The Mets hate when the Yankees dominate the New York conversation — hello, Gerrit Cole. And the showman in Brodie Van Wagenen itches to do more than the winter of Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha.
2. The NL East has four good teams simultaneously. Internally, the Mets believe they can stand toe-to-toe with the Braves, Nationals and Phillies and win the division. Of course, Atlanta, Washington and Philadelphia believe the same. The NL East ecosystem is such that if Josh Donaldson decides to, say, go to Washington rather than stay with Atlanta in free agency, it will shift some power. The division is so competitive that any significant move will have the same impact.
3. Because most of the best free agents have signed, the star-laden trade market becomes more prominent, namely the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, the Indians’ Francisco Lindor, the Brewers’ Josh Hader,…