Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias is heading into his final season under contract with Los Angeles, coming off two outstanding seasons and looking to head into free agency on a high note. If his 2023 is anything like his 2021 and 2022 seasons, he’ll be a highly coveted pitcher on next offseason’s market.
Over at the New York Post, MLB insider Jon Heyman writes about players who could be targets of the Mets and their owner, Steve “Daddy Warbucks” Cohen, next year.
He’ll be the top pitcher on the market next year (unless you count [Shohei] Ohtani as a pitcher, and perhaps even then), he’s young, he’s clutch. Don’t disregard.
As always, it’s worth noting that Urias is a Scott Boras client, and Heyman has somewhat of a history of … well … let’s just charitably say he sometimes passes along information from the Boras camp in such a manner to make him more a part of the Boras marketing team than a reporter. So this could just be an early example of Boras marketing his client by linking him to the richest owner in the sport.
Still, it makes sense, because Urias will be one of the top pitchers on the market next year, and the Mets will still have a rich owner who loves throwing his money around.
We’ve talked recently about the possibility of the Dodgers signing Urias to an extension before he hits free agency, and while it’s unlikely, it’s not as unprecedented as some Boras critics would have you believe. If Julio does end up testing the free agency waters, though, it’s going to be quite a bidding war.
For now, let’s just hope Julio has such a good season this year that he makes the bidding war happen.
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