When other teams hope to reduce their salary in the pandemic, Steve Cohen intends to bring a generous wallet to free agents.
The new boss of the Mets-which will complete the $2.4 billion acquisition from Fred Wilpen and Sol Katz in the next 10 days-after obtaining league approval to control the club, it seemed that Friday Began to worry.
Cohen said in a statement: “With the free agency starting on Sunday night, we will strive to achieve a rapid shutdown.”
The Mets will have the luxury of reaching the top of the market to meet the needs of receivers and start rotation. The two most obvious suitors are freelancer (JT Realmuto) and starter and starting pitcher Trevor Bauer. George Springer (George Springer) is another top free agent who can satisfy the need for a powerful right-handed racket and midfielder.
It is also hoped that the Mets will strengthen its two weaknesses of analysts and technology. Metropolis currently has six analysts. It is not uncommon for the MLB team to hire more than 20 analysts.
The front desk under the leadership of the new team president Sandy Alderson is likely to be reshaped. Cohen announced his plans to hire Alderson last month, and provided a respected baseball consultant to the new boss during his tenure as the new president.
According to industry sources, Ray’s special assistant Bobby Heck (Bobby Heck) has become a possibility to play an important role in baseball games. Heck, 54 years old, was previously the head of scout for Astros, responsible for overseeing the drafts that form the core of the World Series championship and perennial playoff teams. Heck is also linked to the general manager position of Phillies and Angels.
When the Mets were looking for Alderson’s replacement in the General Motors seat, Heck’s name surfaced. According to sources, it was Cohen, the owner of the Metropolitan Minority Party, who recommended Jeff Wilpon, the chief operating officer, to Heck. Instead, the job was handed over to Brodie Van Wagenen (Brodie Van Wagenen), who is now pending due to the transfer of ownership to Cohen.
Oakland’s assistant general manager Billy Owens (Billy Owens) may be in Alderson’s vision. For the past two seasons, Alderson served as an advisor to track executive Billy Beane, where he established a working relationship with 49-year-old Owens.
The Met’s former special assistant JP Ricciardi worked twice under Alderson’s leadership, so discounts are not available. Ricciardi, 61, has been a special assistant to the Giants for the past two seasons and is a candidate for the Angels Open. Ricciardi was the general manager of the Blue Jays and had eight seasons before joining the Mets.
Alderson is expected to hire the president of baseball operations and report to him with the general manager. Van Wagenen’s contract is two years away, but the odds have paid him off. According to sources, Alderson has had limited communication with Van Wagenen in recent weeks, but it is unlikely that GM’s future will be finalized during these discussions.
Sources said that the director of player development Jared Banner (Jared Banner) may leave the organization. Banner came from the Red Sox to Assistant General Manager Allard Baird, who was hired by Van Wagenen.
Although special assistant Omar Minaya has a personal relationship with Cohen, sources say that his return to the Mets is not a slam dunk because Alderson may have the final say.