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Food Notes: Luxury Tax, deGrom, Main, Kikuchi, Nimmo

The new collective agreement included a new penalty level for teams that exceed the luxury tax ($230 million this season) by more than $60 million. This level was almost immediately dubbed “the Steve Cohen tax,” in regarding how the Mets owner has “the way i describe it is, it’s better than a bridge with your name on it or something.”

While $290 million+ is “still a lot of money to spend on a payroll, I don’t feel like it’s so burdensome that I can’t live with it“, Cohen said, noting that the Mets will indeed “Probablyexceed the highest tax threshold. Roster Resource predicts the Mets are already around the $285.5 million mark for this season’s tax number, and with some needs still to be addressed on the roster , it’s no surprise that Cohen didn’t suddenly put the brakes on spending. Since the Mets didn’t exceed the tax threshold last season, they would be penalized at the “first time” rate of 80 % on the excess of any dollar spent over $290 million, plus their first pick in the 2022 draft would be moved back 10 spots.

More Queens…

  • Mets general manager Billy Eppler and manager Buck Showalter spoke to reporters (including Deesha Thosar and MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo) today, and the nature of these future reinforcements was one of the many topics discussed.I’d be pretty surprised if we went after another bat at this pointsaid Eppler, as New York has already added the likes of Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobarand Marc Canha before the lockout. Recent reports have suggested that, if anything, the Mets are trying to trade from their surplus positional players, with names such as JD Davis, Dominique Smithand Jeff McNeil rumored to be available.
  • Jacob of GromThe health of was a major question mark last season, although Eppler said he had no concerns about the ace after consulting with Mets coaching and coaching staff. Showalter added that deGrom has also thrown a mound before. then a forearm strain limited deGrom to just 92 innings in 2021, and he didn’t pitch after July 7. the exact nature of the injury, which understandably led to offseason speculation about deGrom’s status heading into 2022, given the worrying nature of forearm-related injuries.
  • With the help of the left-handed bullpen, “Brad’s hand is on the Mets radar“, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman Hand was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays in September and he posted a 2.70 ERA in his 13 1/3 innings in New York, righting the ship to some extent after a brief and difficult stint in Toronto . overall season for Hand, who had a 3.90 ERA on 64 frames combined 2/3 with the Nationals, Jays and Mets, and posted his worst strikeout rate (21.9%) since 2015.
  • The Mets had some interest in Yusei Kikuchi corn “didn’t get far down the road” with the left-hander before signing with the Blue Jays, Andy Martino of SNY tweet.
  • Brandon Nimmo reiterated his interest in an extension with the Mets and told Anthony DiComo and other reporters he would be happy to negotiate with the club during spring training. approached him about a new deal, the front office may just be busy with the early wave of deal opportunities now that the lockdown is over.

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