Steve Cohen is ready to turn the page on 2020.
While it’s been a brutal year, Mets fans have taken solace in Cohen becoming the team’s new owner — a fan himself who is as excited as anyone to get the new year and MLB season started.
“Happy Holidays to all . Bring on Mets baseball in 2021,” Cohen wrote on Twitter on Christmas Eve.
The 2021 Mets will look different than the team that went 26-34 and missed the playoffs during this year’s shortened MLB season. Along with the return of Sandy Alderson and the hire of new general manager Jared Porter, the Mets have made two key free-agent signings thus far in catcher James McCann and reliever Trevor May.
They haven’t yet splashed some of Cohen’s billions on one of the top-tier free agents like George Springer and Trevor Bauer, though they’re in the hunt for both. Cohen said this week he is focused on a long-term approach rather than a quick fix.
“As a fan they want me to sign everybody tomorrow, but is that a sustainable strategy?” Cohen said Wednesday in a Q&A session hosted by Howie Rose. “Ultimately you want to develop talent. You want to develop your farm system. To me that is the most sustainable way to create a winning team year in and year out. Yes, you can go buy players, but you buy players that are in their 30s potentially and we know there’s plenty of data that suggests performance of players tends to decline once they are in their early 30s.”