Why collusion charges between Yankees and Mets don’t hold up

The Yankees have been linked with free agent Jacob DeGrum at the Mets, but they have more enthusiasm for other pursuits. And this has nothing to do with any alleged unholy alliance between Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and his Mets counterpart Steve Cohen. Likewise, the Mets are currently focusing on players other than Aaron Judge.

Just as there are reasons for the Yankees not to pursue deGrum, there are reasons for the Mets not to focus on Judge. So it would be difficult to prove any nefarious intent if they did not go after the judge. There are, after all, many teams reluctant to go after a $350 million (or so) player, and if the Mets consider a potential impact on their relationship with the Yankees, that’s permissible too.

The union is just doing its job to consider the Mets’ expected lack of a chase for Judge, the Athletic first reported. But as Commissioner Rob Manfred has suggested, this case is hard to prove, and even if there is any merit to the case.

Aaron Judge and Jacob DeGrum
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While Judge is the best free agent, here are a few reasons why the Mets should look elsewhere:

– They have a greater need for rotation with three rotating stars currently free agents.

– “Steve Cohen’s tax” is onerous and they will almost certainly move to that wretched district even without a judge.

— even without conspiring with Steinbrenner, Cohen knows this will end the era of feeling good.

This last consideration is the weakest of many reasons. But this is allowed – as long as the owners do not discuss it.

Eight teams are said to be chasing star shortstop Carlos Correa, but the Twins are expected to work hard to keep their star.

Cody Bellinger has interest from 11 teams after the Dodgers decided not to offer him (he was expected to receive $19 million in arbitration). The Astros, Cubs, and Giants are among the teams in play.

Bellinger will seek a one-year deal to reset his value.

Cody Bellinger
Cody Bellinger
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The Cubs are among the teams considering Michael Conforto. He’s seeking a two-year deal with an opt-out. They are also in contact with Christian Vazquez, among other fishermen.

Giants would like Carlos Rodon back left fielder. Dodgers, Rangers and Yankees are also there. Giants, Rays and Blue Jays are among Brandon Nemo’s many teams, plus, of course, the Mets.

The Padres should be considered players for Japanese right man Kodai Senga since San Diego’s Yu Darvish was his mentor.

The brewers may trade Kolten Wong after dealing with Hunter Renfroe, but one GM said it didn’t look like Corbin Burnes was available.

The Padres are a surprisingly looking shortstop team, and they love Xander Bogearts. Ha-Seong Kim could become a super player and Fernando Tatis Jr. could move onto the field. San Diego, who is looking for leadership, also likes Jose Abreu, MLB Network’s John Morosi reports. The Cubs also make sense in what could be a crosstown move for Abreu.

Bogaerts and Trea Turner (who has a Bryce Harper connection from his time with the Nationals) are possible fits for the Phillies. The Red Sox may not be close to Bogaerts, but they seem to be hoping for the return of Rafael Devers. In the end.

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