3 ways this year's Mets team secured themselves as the most disappointing in franchise history

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2. The amount of money the Mets spent in the offseason

When Steve Cohen became the new owner of the Mets in 2020, he did not waste any time changing the culture of the team by making trades and signing big free-agent players after he got everyone's attention during his first press conference saying, "If I don't win a World Series in three to five years, I will consider that a major disappointment." And this past offseason, he once again went on a spending spree in hopes to bring a championship to Queens, but sometimes spending money does not mean you will win and this year has been no different.

Cohen spent over $500 million on big free agent names this past offseason like veteran Cy Young Award Winner Justin Verlander who got a two-year, $86 million deal, Japanese rookie star Kodai Senga who the Mets brought in on a five-year, $75 million contract along with some more veteran help like signing relievers Adam Ottavino, David Robertson and Brooks Raley. Despite bringing in all of these pieces, it still has not panned out for the Mets this season.

While Verlander pitched well in his last start against the White Sox on Wednesday, I think many would call his first season in a Mets uniform a disappointment so far only collecting four wins and five losses after only having four all last year. Also, his ERA has nearly doubled this year from last year as it currently stands at 3.47. We have also seen a lot of inconsistencies from Ottavino and Robertson but Ottavino in particular has been a little shaky as his ERA now stands at 3.66 after it was just 2.06 all last year.

One of the only bright spots out of these free agents that Cohen and the Mets front office brought in has been Kodai Senga as after a bit of a rocky beginning to his MLB career, he's been pitching very well as of late striking out 29 batters in his last three starts.