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While Steve Cohen certainly has more money than the Wilpons did, the question remains regarding what type of owner he will be. “Now, Stevie’s got more money than the other owners,” said a source to The Athletic. “But the Yankees revenues are twice what the Mets revenues are. You can either deficit spend until he gets tired of it. Or you can slowly try to rebuild a team like the Ricketts did.”
Tim Healey of Newsday presents some names Sandy Alderson should consider when filling the rest of the Mets’ new front office.
Mike Puma of The New York Post offers a list of potential names of his own, including Cleveland executives Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff. He also reports that Rays’ Bobby Heck, who was rumored to be in play for a front office position in the new regime, “likely won’t be the Mets’ choice.”
Jacob deGrom has left CAA - Brodie Van Wagenen’s former agency - and is now represented by the VC Sports Group.
Of all the key individuals involved in the Astros sign-stealing scandal, Carlos Beltran is the only one who remains blacklisted from baseball. Mike Vaccaro of The Post argues that Steve Cohen’s Mets should extend a hand to Beltran and make things right.
Around the National League East
The Nationals have extended an invitation to President-elect Joe Biden to throw the first pitch on Opening Day 2021 in Washington DC.
The Phillies do not currently have a shortstop on their roster and one option for them to consider would be trading for Francisco Lindor.
Around Major League Baseball
Bill Shaikin of the LA Times feels that Rob Manfred’s statement on the Justin Turner incident was lacking and that Turner was made to bear the brunt of the criticism for what happened while MLB got off (mostly) scot free.
The Yankees announced the restructuring of their minor league system, which includes moving their Double-A affiliation from Trenton, NJ to Somerset, NJ.
The Blue Jays re-signed Robbie Ray to a one-year, $8 million deal.
In response to whether the Giants will join the Mets as one of the rumored big players in the free agent market this winter, Giants president Farhan Zaidi had this to say to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, “Look, we’re in a big market. We consider ourselves a signature franchise. When you look at that group of teams, there’s always an expectation for how they might act. As we’ve shown the last couple years, what makes sense is not just a function of your market size but where you are from a baseball standpoint — whether you need to create opportunities for young players, whether you’re in position to make a big push. We’ve talked about ourselves being in a transition state, but we’re also coming off a season in which we just missed the playoffs. So again, everything is on the table.”
This Date in Mets History
Happy birthday to beloved Met Edgardo Alfonzo!