NY Mets: Should Steve Cohen wait another winter to spend big?
By Michael Carballeira
The New York Mets could get busy building up their franchise this winter, but should they wait to spend even bigger next offseason?
A dream New York Mets fans have had for a long, long time has finally become a reality. The Wilpons have sold the New York Mets to fan-favorite Steve Cohen. Cohen is known for being a wealthy individual who is a die-hard Mets fan. What do you get when you combine a wealthy person who loves his team; well hopefully successful, enjoyable baseball.
One reason Mets fans are excited about the new ownership in Flushing is in baseball where there is money comes talent. No longer do Mets fans have to worry about not signing free agents because they are “too expensive” but does this mean Cohen will or has to spend it all right away?
Yes, we have seen the names available this offseason. Bauer, Springer, and Realmuto are just some of the top free agents this offseason we will be keeping an eye on. As much as us Mets fans would love all three to wear the orange and blue next year it doesn’t necessarily mean Cohen has to bring all of them in.
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New York fans in all of its major sports always want to be in “win now” form so of course with Steve Cohen taking over Mets fans need him to go all-in right away. Wrong.
The Mets have some pieces in place with DeGrom, the return of Syndergaard midseason, Alonso, McNeil, Davis, Smith the list goes on. This team should be in contention for a playoff spot next season with the roster they have and of course, a signing of Bauer or Springer would boost this team even higher.
Now I’m not saying for Cohen to sit still and not do anything this offseason, but for him to not go crazy. Let us think right here; Steve Cohen comes in right away and spends huge in his first offseason but the Mets might fall short. In New York that has media going crazy with comments about is Cohen the right guy for the Mets. That’s not how it should be but we all know how media in New York sports are.
A few signings this offseason would be fine for me if it means Cohen and the Mets wait until next year’s stacked free agency class.
Here are just a few names of free agents for next year, barring they sign an extension during this season. Salvador Perez, Javy Baez, Trevor Story, Francisco Lindor, Nolan Arenado, Scherzer, Verlander, and Greinke. Now I am not saying all will hit the free agency market but if they do next offseason might go down as the best MLB free agency class ever.
The reason I am so high on free agency especially next season is that this is baseball. There are no “super teams” so free agents do not linkup and try to team up anywhere. In baseball where players see the money, they like to go in that direction. I think we all know Steve Cohen should have no issue with that as he is now ranked number one in baseball as MLB owners in net worth.
Once again I need to reiterate, this is not me saying that Cohen has to sit still this year. It is just stating that there is no rush to go for every free agent this year. Steve Cohen is here and he is here to stay, this is not just a two, three-year stint so it is okay to wait a year to go all-in the free-agent frenzy.
Even David Samson, the former owner of the Maimi Marlins, believes Cohen is the right choice but agrees fans and media can’t jump down his throat right away if they don’t win right away. Here is what Samson had to say on his CBS podcast show “Nothing Personal with David Samson” about Cohen:
"“I encourage you as a Mets fan to have a long-term memory and not a short-term memory…Give Steve Cohen a chance even if they don’t win. Give him a chance even if he has a new owner syndrome and gets involved or makes bad signings. Give him a chance because he wants what you want. Above all, he wants a World Series ring, that’s why he’s doing this. It’s the ultimate gift for a fan to have a fan own a team.”"
My ideal 2020 offseason is to make Springer your top priority being he brings a huge bat to this lineup and is a solid defensive centerfielder. A player like JT Realmuto has already made it known he is not big on playing in New York and also is looking for at least a two hundred million dollar contract. Two red lights for me right there; why sign someone that doesn’t want to be here plus that much money for a catcher to me is a little too much.
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If you ask me next year’s class is full of more stud players than this year where we only see a few eye-popping names. Either way, it is time for us Mets fans to sit back and enjoy as a new regime is upon us.