What Carlos Correa would add to the Mets, an NL East estimator said the other day, speculating about what might have been, was a lot of competitive arrogance. Correa is an extremely opinionated player with a 79-game postseason, operating with the obvious assumption that he will find a way to succeed.

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“Damn it, boy,” said the appraiser. “The perfect New York guy. [Max] Scherzer is that guy in the rotation, but there’s a need for F— You Guy in the rotation. [Mets] arrangement.”

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But the Mets have come off very calmly from the failed talks with Correa, an episode that revealed more about owner Steve Cohen’s style of operation and organizational confidence that the 2023 team could be even better than the 101-game-winning club. last season. The Mets believe they have more lineup depth and greater operational flexibility.

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“It would be nice to have [Correa]? Yes, one of the Mets employees said. “But we can do without it.”

Of course, they should be more than fine in the NL East, given the presence of the relatively young and dynamic Atlanta Braves, who have won the division in each of the last five seasons; and the Philadelphia Phillies, who made it to the World Series last year. Even the Marlins, soaked in starting pitches, can fight for a playoff spot.