Steve Cohen told ESPN’s Jeff Passan that any MLB owners who have a problem with his spending should take a look in the mirror.
In the eyes of Tiki Barber, that mentality from Cohen is a big reason why the Mets are about to take over New York, and it started with Cohen spending nearly $500 million this offseason.
“Steve Cohen is going to be, is going to make the Mets the most dominant team in this city,” Tiki said. “You can feel it because money is not an issue. And if it was the NFL, there's a cap, you can want to spend as much, you can upgrade the facility, you can hire the best and the greatest and put in technology and want free agents to come here. But that's still on the free agents to want to come there. In baseball, where there is no cap, there is no restriction on what money can do for you, Steve Cohen has the ability to spend it and to make them the best team in the city, and it feels like it's inevitable.”
Cohen has already helped put together a 101-win team, and while the Mets’ playoff exit was highly disappointing, Cohen proved he means business by replacing Jacob deGrom with Justin Verlander, Chris Bassitt with Kodai Senga, and Taijuan Walker with Jose Quintana. Only a questionable medical report on Carlos Correa prevented New York from having the runaway best offseason in the league, but Cohen likely won’t stop spending in the years to come, which BT says is how any pro team in a market as big as New York should behave.
“It remains to be seen if the Mets morph into what you just said, you've got to win one before you win five,” BT said. “So I got that, I got that, but I will say, fundamentally, every New York based team, maybe with the exception of the Devils and the Islanders based on the - I'm not disrespecting the fan base, the fans they have are amazing, but just smaller numbers - revenue stream is different. So the exception of maybe, I'm not even sure, but maybe the Devils and the Islanders, every New York based sports team should comport themselves the way Stevie Cohen's comporting himself.”
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