NY Mets fans still believe in the Steve Cohen era because he continues to use his fat wallet
Cohen’s wallet is what made him the most-talked-about owner in MLB when he took over the Mets brand. Seemingly endless, he has spent more and more money each year. This season saw him get ultra-creative by picking up the tab on Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander to award the Mets with a much better return of prospects. Cohen’s money remains the most dangerous weapon the Mets have.
Even if the expectation is that the Mets won’t spend quite as much next season, the ball club should have one of the highest payrolls. We shouldn’t put it past him and the rest of the front office to continue to get creative with where the money is allocated. It does seem like this organization is trending toward breaking new grounds.
Money won’t buy a team a championship. It definitely helps. Wouldn’t a bigger budget help put the Tampa Bay Rays over-the-top? How far can the Baltimore Orioles really go if their owner is unwilling to spend more—unless he raises ticket prices? We’ll find out soon enough.
Until Cohen tightens up the wallet, we have every reason to believe in him.