2) NY Mets owner Steve Cohen doesn’t prefer long-term deals
The Mets haven’t been ridiculous about handing out long-term deals. Only Francisco Lindor received the kind of contract we know will eventually run out by the end. It’s a part of being a baseball executive. You need to spend a little extra now and pay for it later when the player declines. The Mets also had to go that extra mile to retain Brandon Nimmo. His eight year contract is pretty lengthy.
Aside from those extensions, which were pretty necessary, the team has been careful about paying players to stick around for too long. This could remain a constant theme for the Mets in free agency. The only place this could be acceptable to them is with extensions. Lindor was already a member of the Mets when he got his. So was Diaz. Nimmo was brought back as well.
Pete Alonso is the logical choice to expect as the next major Mets player to get locked up for an extra year or two longer than we’d want. He’s someone we should all picture Cohen wanting to retire in blue and orange. That short list of Ed Kranepool, David Wright, and Ed Hearn needs to grow eventually. Nimmo is on track for it. Alonso should join him.
What we don’t know from Cohen’s modus operandi is whether or not this is him or his general managers deciding on the length of deals. He’s a baseball fan. It doesn’t mean he makes many of the decisions. He could just be entrusting others to use their knowledge of the game to make the right calls.
How many more contracts will the Mets sign that has us saying "...for how long?" It doesn't seem to be in the M.O. for Cohen to load up on the years, but maybe it does change.