Could the Mets make a play for Shohei Ohtani next year?

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Oct 5, 2022; Oakland, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

One player who would bring prime excitement to New York Mets fans, potentially more than any other player in Major League Baseball, is Shohei Ohtani.

Ohtani, the 28-year-old star pitcher, and hitter for the Los Angeles Angels is in the final year of his contract. With his career ERA of 2.96, coming off a 15-win, 2.33 ERA year, with three 20-plus home run seasons, Ohtani will have many strong suitors.

With Steve Cohen, the Mets are now one aggressive, heavy-spending franchise. They will reportedly be prepared to make a considerable play for Ohtani this time next year.

The Mets will reportedly go after Shohei Ohtani next offseason:

In the midst of what was an exciting night for the Mets, re-signing Brandon Nimmo and adding David Robertson, even more, thrilling news was provided.

For starters, the Mets remain interested in Kodai Senga. Also, getting well ahead to next winter, the Mets are reportedly planning to pursue one of the top stars in baseball, Ohtani.

Along with breaking the news on Nimmo, Robertson, and Senga, Andy Martino of SNY spilled some even greater beans, leading to more elation for Mets fans. He shared the following buzz just last night.

“A year from now, I believe they’ll be very much in on Shohei Ohtani, too.” Martino shared more, “And I wasn’t just tossing Ohtani’s name out there haphazardly a moment ago. Obviously not for this year. But, 12 months from now, I think that could very easily be the guy in Steve Cohen’s crosshairs to look at the rotation and middle of the lineup going forward.” The final bit from Martino on Ohtani and the Mets, “The early feel is that Shohei Ohtani will be next winter’s pursuit.”

Some exhilarating inside scoop, to say the least.

Ohtani is one of the best players in the sport with a rockstar presence and entering his prime years. To add him to a rotation with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Jose Quintana, and possibly Kodai Senga would be incredible. Also, the lineup of the Mets could use some improved power, which Ohtani offers. Placing Ohtani in the lineup with Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, Starling Marte, Jeff McNeil, and Brandon Nimmo would be pretty exhilarating. Also, young and talented prospects like Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty, and Mark Vientos.

It is all speculation at this point in time but knowing the way Cohen has spent along with the connection Billy Eppler has with Ohtani, the hypothetical here is logical to comprehend. For the Mets, the hope has to be that Ohtani is not moved at the trade deadline and is available on the market this time next year. If so, they will likely be ready to make a big swing.