1. Steve Cohen
The person giving Mets fans hope that they will win the World Series in the near future is Steve Cohen. In his two years at the helm as the owner of the franchise he's brought in a ton of big names, most notably Francisco Lindor and Max Scherzer. He's brought them from a team that was middle of the pack in payroll to the top. There are even rumors going around saying that he might bring the Mets payroll to an unheard of $300 million dollars for the 2022 season. He is all in.
We're used to the Wilpon's who tried to sell Mets fans on aging veterans on cheap deals who would all of a sudden turn back time and be stars again. In order to get rid of bad contracts they'd attach prospects to deals. Steve Cohen is valuing the farm and spending money on players who are still performing at an extremely high level.
The Jared Kelenic trade looked like it was going to set the Mets back for a long time. It was a brutal trade and the Mets still missed out on a gem in Kelenic but signed a really good center fielder in Starling Marte to a four-year deal. For the short term, the Mets are settled in center field, a position they've lacked since Carlos Beltran was traded.
The Mets are finally investing in analytics. They went from having a virtually non existent analytics department to one of the biggest in the game and it's only getting bigger.
Steve Cohen has turned the franchise in just two seasons into one that is a force to be reckoned with. They are going to be an aggressive player in free agency, make smart moves backed up by analytics, and invest in the farm system and player development.
It's a new day in Flushing and it feels like eventually the Mets will win a World Series title with the most important person in the franchise, Steve Cohen, in charge.