3) The Mets are making baseball decisions
Success for any team starts at the top. Without the right management, it’s going to be impossible for a team to build itself into contention.
There is no debating the Mets were heading in the right direction the moment Steve Cohen bought the team. Out from under the penny-pinching thumbs of the Wilpons, the Mets are now major spenders and unafraid to make costly baseball decisions. The biggest was the choice to DFA Robinson Cano to ensure they had the best roster possible. They Mets are going to eat close to $40 million as a result yet their roster is much better because of it.
This has been the approach the Mets have taken throughout Cohen’s tenure. Signing Scherzer was a baseball decision as much as it was a financial flex. This is a team that will spend money and do it in the wisest way possible. They’ve been cautious about simply adding the “best” players available. Instead, they’ve been knocking it out of the ballpark by adding the right ones.
The early success for New York this year looks sustainable. It begins at the top of the tower. The trickledown effect has infected the rest of the ball club in the best way possible. This is an unselfish team.