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Seiya Suzuki with Team Japan in Olympics

Seiya Suzuki with Team Japan in Olympics

SNY’s Andy Martino will be responding to and breaking down answers to Mets questions from readers. Here’s the latest…

@Heftycube: Are the Mets really serious on getting the Japanese stud Outfielder Seiya Suzuki?

I know I kinda started this last week, but let’s look at the full context. It doesn’t end with a prediction that Suzuki will land with the Mets.

In a column about how the Mets were probably done adding so-called big names to their offense, I included the line “One team source cautioned not to completely rule out a pursuit of Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki. It’s hard, though, to see how Suzuki would fit the roster as currently constructed.”

All of that remains true. The Mets talked internally about pursuing Suzuki, but it’s hard to see how he fits the current roster.

When the team signed Starling Marte and Mark Canha, the Suzuki conversation ended, at least for now.

The Mets can’t talk to reporters about roster moves during the lockout, but reporters can still be logical. And logic dictates that Suzuki will end up elsewhere.

The reason we’re not entirely ruling it out for the Mets is that a trade of Jeff McNeil or Dominic Smith could create an opening for Suzuki. But it will be very challenging for Billy Eppler to put together a trade like that during the brief and intense transaction frenzy that will follow the lockout.

If we think through the mechanics of this, Eppler and his staff will be busy trying to add a starting pitcher and a few relievers, one of whom will ideally be left-handed. He will also be looking at depth pieces and tweaks around the fringes of the roster, and exploring possibly dramatic trades.

It’s hard to see how there will be room in all that to go all-in on the pursuit of a star import like Suzuki, who will be heavily courted by other teams.

Are Suzuki and the Mets a possible fit? Sure, technically.

Are they a likely fit? Not even remotely.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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