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Mets' Billy Eppler on MLB's Deadline Approach: "Equal Opportunity Buyers"

Mets remains open to their options, as expected, both in terms of players who can help the club on trade deadlines and the amount of salary they can absorb. I am doing it.

General Manager Billy Eppler spoke to reporters on Saturday for the first time since May 17, and did not fully narrow down Mets' potential with the August 2 closing deadline. He said he wanted a batter who could help score and a pitcher who could help maintain the score.

"I want to be an equal opportunity buyer," said the Mets beforeMets lost to Rangers7-3 in Citi Field. "It's great if it helps prevent runs. If it helps in production — great. Try to increase those numbers as far apart as possible and open up to anything.

"I don't want to be seen on my shopping list."

Mets general manager Billy Eppler
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If a list exists, a slugger that could be a designated hitter. The first three months of the season were weak points. Mets struggles with left-handed pitchers over right-handed pitchers, so he may prefer right-handed pitchers.

Mets could have Max Scherzer back this week and Jacob deGrom back by the end of the month, but all teams interested in buying will target more starting pitchers. You can say that you should.

The bullpen could use another arm, and left-handed rescuers Chasen Shreve and Joely Rodriguez have been overwhelmed. Asked if it's important to have a credible left-handed person, or if a pitcher who can be left-handed is enough, Eppler said: Again, it doesn't matter what you think will have the most impact.

Eppler said the first conversation had begun among executives considering a deal, showing that owner Steve Cohen has a salary threshold that he doesn't exceed. Repeated not.

Cohen told the post in mid-June that he did not "exclude anything" in terms of salary. Collective bargaining agreements feature a new $ 290 million luxury tax hierarchy called the "Cohen tax," and Mets is close to that number, Spotrac said. Expensive acquisitions will certainly exceed those thresholds.

"I think one of the things I've learned when spending time with Steve is that he's opportunistic," Eppler said. "So if I could give him the opportunity to give him the" reason "behind it, that is, the" reason "that makes sense, he approved everything so far.

"He likes to know what the market looks like and recognize opportunities."

Eppler, who rarely speaks absolutely, is the Mets' top prospect. He didn't completely eliminate the deal, including, but he made it sound like a farm system cream, especially the top-catch prospect Francisco Alvarez. It does not correspond to the deadline.

"I don't know what will happen, but I think there are many players who are very difficult to leave us," Eppler said. "I never say, but it's really hard to imagine a scenario that considers them."