New owner vows Mets will act ‘like a major market team’

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 11/10/20

Get excited, New York Mets fans. You’re about to have some fun new toys. 

Billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen, who assumed ownership of the Mets last Friday, told reporters during Tuesday’s media session that the Mets will act “like a major market team” as it pertains to free-agent signings and payrolls. 

“Are we going to act like drunken sailors in the marketplace? No,” Cohen explained, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “I want to be thoughtful. You can spend a lot of money today and then tie up your team in bad contracts for the next five years.”

Cohen wasted no time getting to work before the weekend, as he parted ways with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and executives Omar Minaya, Allard Baird, Adam Guttridge and Jared Banner. He also appointed former Mets general manager Sandy Alderson team president. 

Alderson said that it is likely Luis Rojas will remain manager through the start of the 2021 season. 

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