All anyone heard after that happened was that the Mets were going to rule New York by out-spending every other team in free agency and that they were finally going to buy their way to a World Series.
Except … that didn’t happen. And also, these are the same fans that laughed at the Yankees for years on end about how it wasn’t possible to “buy” a championship after their colossal failures from 2003 to present day (with the exception of 2009).
So let’s recap the Mets’ offseason really quickly:
- Barely spent in free agency
- Fired GM Jared Porter for sexual harassment
- Were implicated in the Mickey Callaway sexual harassment scandal
- Have made no progress in extension talks with Michael Conforto
Now, Cohen is oddly negotiating out loud on his Twitter account with Francisco Lindor.
Cohen is worth nearly $15 billion, yet the Mets reportedly made a “final offer” of 10 years and $325 million to Lindor, who is unquestionably the best shortstop in the game at this very moment. THIS was supposed to be their “big money” move when they traded for him and Carlos Carrasco.
Now, it seems like their grand plan is falling apart at the seams since Lindor set a negotiation deadline for Opening Day, which is … *checks calendar* … tomorrow.
Remember when Cohen deleted his Twitter account? Now he’s using it to make negotiations public with the best player on his team — something that can only really turn into a PR disaster … especially when your own players are saying to pay the man $400 million.
We truly wish this weren’t the Mets, but it just is. It’s the case every year. Why are the San Diego Padres spending like mad men, handing out colossal contracts and making blockbuster trades while the richest owner in baseball is crowdsourcing information from Twitter trolls?
An extension for Lindor should’ve been done by now. That was the whole point of trading for him. Letting this drag out and serve as a distraction all year long was the only scenario that simply shouldn’t have been an option.
Instead, we have another lesson as to why the Mets will never be the Yankees. Imagine Hal Steinbrenner even dreaming of doing this? Eh, we’ll admit, if Twitter existed 20-30 years ago, George might’ve been doing something mischievous with his account, right?