Mets: How Steve Cohen can build a sustained winner from the inside out

By Michael Calascione
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: Point72 Asset Management and Gala Chair Steven A. Cohen speaks on stage the Lincoln Center Alternative Investment Gala at The Rainbow Room on April 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Lincoln Center)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: Point72 Asset Management and Gala Chair Steven A. Cohen speaks on stage the Lincoln Center Alternative Investment Gala at The Rainbow Room on April 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Lincoln Center) /
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Joel Youngblood is one of the best players acquired in a June New York Mets trade. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Now that Steve Cohen is going to be the new owner of the New York Mets he should use his money to build a sustained winner from the inside out.

The dream all New York Mets fans have had for decades has finally come true. The Wilpons are no longer going to own the franchise in a majority capacity.

October 30, 2020, will go down as one of the most important days in franchise history. The owners approved Steve Cohen as the new owner of the New York Mets with a 26-4 vote and Mayor Bill DeBlasio has approved the transfer of lease for Citi Field.

In the coming days, the ownership will fully transfer and Steve Cohen and presumably Sandy Alderson will be able to get started on rebuilding this franchise into a respectable winner.

All Mets fans know how much money Cohen has and we are all salivating at the idea of being in on and potentially signing some of the biggest names in free agency but that is just one layer of this rebranding.

The real work to be done is not so much on the field team but the infrastructure of the team. This franchise has been behind the curve in so many areas from a baseball operations perspective and now the team can finally enter the modern era and put money towards the infrastructure of this team.

How can this be achieved?

Well, it was reported by Mike Puma of the NY Post that the Mets will likely have a President of Baseball Operation in addition to a General Manager working under presumed Team President Sandy Alderson.

What this means potentially is that the candidates that were counted out for the GM role if Brodie Van Wagenen is to be fired due to them already being presidents could be back in play. People like Theo Epstein, David Stearns, and Erik Neander.

However, that is just one slice of this infrastructure pie.

The ultimate goal should be to build a sustained winner like the Los Angeles Dodgers are. What they have been able to build both on the field and in the front office should be the model for the other 29 other clubs and hopefully, Cohen recognizes that and tries to follow their example.

The next several slides will go through areas the Mets can strengthen to try and follow the Dodgers model.

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