How the Mets can use Steve Cohen’s megabucks to trade for 2022 upgrades and potential future saviors

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Billy Appler was in a jam. He was gearing up for a run at Anthony Rendon, refreshing his monstrous, World Series season with the Nationals, and wondering where to get the money for a third baseman’s bat on the Angels???? Books.

The then-Angels general manager wanted to go for it and move the Chips forward for the 2020 season. Its neighbors to the north, the Giants, were starting to build a foundation that had more time to grow and an ownership group that was ready to open its wallet.

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And so the two teams at different stages found a way to work together to make both of their approaches possible. On December 10, 2019, the Angels sent the contract of Zack Cozart, commanding approximately $13 million for the upcoming season, to the Giants, who were prepared to eat the money as Appler won the first round of 2019. The pick included Will Wilson. , a shortstop San Francisco had considered selecting a few months ago.

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