Since Steve Cohen took over as the owner of the New York Mets, things have been different. Even if the 2021 season ended poorly, there was hope for the future. The future is now. We’re seeing the rewards.
One minor trouble the Mets have had under the Cohen regime is the ability to make quality trades. They seem to have missed on a couple of those deals. A few from this past trade deadline could get even worse.
At the moment, there are three deals that stand out quite favorably with one taking the ball and running away as the best Mets trade under Cohen’s reign. Let’s begin the countdown.
3) Best Mets trade since Steve Cohen took over: Daniel Vogelbach for Colin Holderman
Nothing angered some Mets fans more than to see the team send relief pitcher Colin Holderman to the Pittsburgh Pirates for the very-available Daniel Vogelbach. A flawed first baseman who has struggled mightily versus left-handed pitchers, the problem many had with the deal was how well Holderman had pitched this season for New York.
Since joining Pittsburgh, the 26-year-old rookie reliever hasn’t been so good. It’s a small sample size but compared to what Vogelbach has been able to do for the Mets down the stretch this season, it’s a pretty good deal for New York.
This is hardly one of those all-time great Mets trades—at least for now. But in comparison to some other deals made by the team where too much was given up or the returns weren’t what they expected, we have to name this the number three trade.