Someone tell Steve Cohen the MLB Winter Meetings ended yesterday. The New York Mets owner decided it was time to open his wallet and buy on Thursday night.
Brandon Nimmo is coming back on an 8-year deal worth $162 million. He’ll be joined by David Robertson on a one-year deal worth $10 million.
The Mets already had an impressive week beginning with the addition of Justin Verlander and Jose Quintana to the rotation. Things are coming together. The championship puzzle is being built.
Mets are spending big in free agency, it’s probably not the end
The Mets have more work to do beyond these impressive signings. At least one more significant bullpen pieces needs to be added. The rotation could also use another arm. Cohen is flexing his dollars just as everyone was beginning to theorize that he’s saving it all for Shohei Ohtani next winter.
The plan to spend fits right into the team’s model for holding onto prospects. It’s the greatest weapon the franchise has.
Under Cohen, it really does seem like anything is possible—except of course retaining Jacob deGrom. The Mets easily replaced him. It seems like ever since he signed with the Texas Rangers that Cohen has gone on another one of his vengeance tours. It probably didn’t help that deGrom was introduced by the Rangers earlier today. Cohen surely hung on every word. He gave us only a few hours to feel like maybe we did lose something.
Nimmo was a must for the Mets as there was no way to possibly replace him in center field without downgrading. Robertson is an equally important addition. Although they could still reunite with Adam Ottavino, they now have the righty setup man missing from the mix.
Stupid money is what the Mets needed to spend. Stupid is money is what Cohen just threw at two more free agents. When is Opening Day again? If you’re not excited to pass over the holiday season and get to late March already, check your pulse.