The Mets made some progress this weekend by winning their first series in a month, but there is still a long way to go to get back into contention this season.
New York has won back-to-back games to get up to 38-46 on the season through 84. The Mets are 18.5 games back of the first-place Braves and eight games back of a playoff spot.
After an offseason of spending, the Mets may have an even bigger offseason ahead of them. Steve Cohen revealed at last week’s press conference that he’ll be looking to hire a president of baseball operations for the Mets.
WFAN’s Evan Roberts was a guest on the Audacy Original Podcast “Baseball Isn’t Boring” and explained his top priority for next season if he was in charge of the Mets.
“I got to know from my owner, what’s my budget for next year?” Roberts said (17:38 in player above). “Because clearly my priority next year is to take Shohei Ohtani out to dinner and hand him a check, and it’s going to be blank, and I’m going to say, ‘Whatever you want to do with this to make New York your home, fill it out.’”
Some may be wary about the downfalls of paying anyone – even a superstar like Ohtani – hundreds of millions of dollars. But that’s what life is about.
“All the risk is worth the reward. And I get the risk. We all know the risk. He gets hurt. He can’t do both things over and over again. He’s going to get older,” Roberts continued. “That’s fine. Business and life is about risk.
“Shohei Ohtani is the most worth-the-risk athlete I think I’ve ever seen. So blank check, big night in New York City watching Broadway shows and eating dinner, and giving him the keys to New York City.”
Ohtani is hands-down the best free-agent set to hit the market this offseason. He’s the best player that some people have ever seen. Handing him a blank check would signal the Mets’ desire to win and willingness to take those risks.