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Mets: How Steve Cohen can score a hat trick with Mets fans this offseason

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: The walkway outside Citi Field is empty prior to a game between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles as the ongoing coronavirus, causes MLB games to be played without fans, on September 08, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: The walkway outside Citi Field is empty prior to a game between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles as the ongoing coronavirus, causes MLB games to be played without fans, on September 08, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 06: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning at Citi Field on September 06, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

2) Extend Outfielder Michael Conforto

One glaring issue that will be staring the Mets in the face this upcoming offseason is star outfielder Michael Conforto will be heading into spring training under the final year of his contract. It can be argued that there may be no bigger signing this offseason for the Mets than locking up their homegrown star for future seasons to come.

The 27-year old Conforto seems to be hitting his prime with his career year at the plate this season and losing Conforto after next season would no doubt set the Mets back, as well as question the intentions of new owners who can spend big.

Whoever the Mets General Manager is this offseason would have it in their best interests to lock up Conforto before Spring Training, and you can imagine Steve Cohen will have a big part in that negotiation process. The goal for the Mets is to keep as much of this successful nucleus together while still having Jacob deGrom in his prime. Conforto is one of those key pieces the Mets can ill afford to lose moving forward.

While we don’t know what Conforto’s asking price may be, you can imagine he will want to be paid among the top outfielders in baseball. A realistic asking price from Conforto’s agent could be between $22-$25 million which would put Conforto among the top five paid outfielders in baseball.

Since Conforto’s debut with the Mets back in 2015, many around the game of baseball have always been high on his potential as being one of the best outfielders in baseball, and it seems everything has finally come together for him. Conforto’s well-deserved extension could be Cohen’s first big deep pocket move as the Mets owner this offseason.

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