The much-ballyhooed New York Mets appear to be stuck in stasis mode for the rest of the season. In an impromptu press conference on Wednesday afternoon, owner Steve Cohen changed his official stance from, "We will win the World Series within five years!" to, "Winning the World Series is very hard!"
While sharing his message, he confirmed that both manager Buck Showalter and GM Billy Eppler will be sticking around for the remainder of the 2023 season, though he all but wrote in blood that he planned to hire David Stearns to lord over Eppler next season, if the fates allowed.
You know what that means, Dodgers fans! One last trade deadline opportunity to take advantage of Eppler!
While Cohen seems poised to let the executors of this flawed estate stick around through the end of the season, the first wave of stars might not be so lucky. Could either Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer be available for the right prospect price? The Mets would have to pay an ungodly sum (likely the entire contract of each player) to get them gone, but New York insider Michael Marino got the ball rolling this week by outright begging the Dodgers to add Scherzer for the second time in the past three years.
Dodgers should trade for Max Scherzer, we guess? If the Mets foot the bill?
Pretty good photoshop of Scherzer in a Dodgers jersey we were able to pull together, huh?
Aaron Nola for many years would probably be a better move for a cash-rich team than "waiting out Scherzer's retirement," so this would absolutely make sense for the Mets. Would the Dodgers be willing to surrender one of their hard-throwing top pitching prospects? They do have a group of hurlers that seems to be spontaneously generating. Rumor has it if you leave a wheel of cheese in a dark room in Tulsa for long enough, it eventually turns into six Dodgers pitching prospects.
What would you surrender for a Free Max Scherzer? Emmet Sheehan? River Ryan? You probably wouldn't go as far as including an injured Ryan Pepiot, but you'd at least text your friends about it.
The Dodgers have done a great job of making sure the rest of the baseball world knows their pitching depth reaches endlessly below the surface like an iceberg. The Mets have done a great job of making sure the rest of the baseball world knows they are a bloated, overpriced disaster. Perhaps there's an outwardly absurd but inwardly logical match here? Scherzer was as dominant as they come during his first stint in Los Angeles until he wonked out at the start of the playoffs. It was widely expected he'd return before the Mets got on their highest possible horse and outmuscled the entire league.
Doing that got them ... here, into sell mode. Maybe the Dodgers can save their day and get their man after all.