The Winter Meetings are over, but Steve Cohen and the Mets are just getting started.
According to multiple reports, New York has reached an agreement with center fielder Brandon Nimmo, who returns on a massive eight-year deal worth $162 million, and just minutes later, signed reliever David Robertson to a one-year deal to bolster the bullpen.
Nimmo's return addresses one of the biggest holes on the Mets roster, shoring up the outfield defense while bringing back a consistent lefty bat. Nimmo posted an even .800 OPS last season with 16 home runs.
Meanwhile, Robertson has found a second wind in his long career, coming back from Tommy John surgery to become one of the more reliable bullpen arms for the Phillies on their run to the World Series, pitching to a 2.40 ERA.
The moves blow the Mets past the $300 million mark in terms of 2023 payroll, as Cohen is nearly a lock to produce the largest payroll in league history, with potentially more moves to be made.
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