Steve Cohen has proven to be more than committed to the fans and his promise of a championship with the New York Mets. With a projected payroll of approximately $458 million, Cohen has given Billy Eppler and the entire Front Office the green light to make whatever moves are necessary to reach the World Series.
Eppler, for his part, has worked intensively and arduously to fill the multiple positions that many players have vacated this offseason. Although many movements were good, such as the signing of Kodai Senga or the extension of Edwin Diaz, three shows that the Mets are going for everything this year.
1) The signing of new Mets ace Justin Verlander
The Texas Rangers made life miserable for the Mets by offering Jacob deGrom an unexpected five-year, $185 million contract. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, this represents two years and $65 million more than what the Mets were willing to offer.
Replacing a figure like deGrom is harder than people realize. Despite the injuries to the former Mets ace, the level offered by deGrom on the field was too high to find an immediate and safe solution.
It is in this aspect that we find the commitment that the organization has to win. Eppler quickly pivoted to Justin Verlander, securing him for two years and $86 million.
The Reigning American League Cy Young Champion, Justin Verlander, is not just a deGrom-level replacement but a safer one. Eppler, with the financial support of Cohen, did not hesitate to give whatever was necessary to ensure another ace to the rotation that would allow them not only to remain competitive but also to help them guarantee a spot in the playoffs and with this to be able to achieve a run for the title.