When Steve Cohen became a minority team owner of his beloved New York Mets in 2012, he had a goal in mind to be the majority owner one day. This past summer, he reached that goal, it took Cohen eight years, but he became the Mets’ official majority owner. The Mets fanbase has been extremely happy with Cohen, and the reason is he is making moves. Cohen has shown that he wants to bring a World Series back to New York, but instead of the Bronx, New York; he wants the World Series Trophy to the Flushing, New York. I suppose that will sound redundant because it’s safe to assume every MLB franchise owner wants to get the World Series Trophy. What makes this so interesting to me is the Mets have a guy who not only owns their team, but he seems like he is more hands-on than any owner I have seen in a while, or at least one who does not have the last name, Steinbrenner. Cohen made his fortune as a hedge fund manager and created hedge fund companies, and now he is the wealthiest owner in Major League Baseball.
Cohen getting approval to buy the team by the different MLB Owners went through, it was not a unanimous decision for all of them, some asked questions, and a few owners just downright said no. The owners who declined were Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago White Sox, Arte Moreno of the Los Angels Angels, Bob Castellini of the Cincinnati Reds, and Ken Kendrick Arizona Diamondbacks. According to Andy Martino of SNY, the reason for some was that they had some concerns based on a couple of decisions that they have already made in their operations department.
Those owners might be onto something with that “wildly” part as Cohen, and his Mets made a big move this past Thursday when they traded with the Cleveland Indians in a big six-player trade. The Mets traded for All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and veteran right-handed starter Carlos Carrasco. The Mets will be sending Amed Rosario, a four-year veteran, Andres Gimenez, who had an impressive 2020 rookie year, and two prospects Isiah Greene and Josh Wolf.
The New York Mets won this trade by a mile; in my opinion, Francisco Lindor is a superb player named the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year, 4x All-Star; he’s been in the Top 15 in MVP voting excluding the 2020 season. Lindor is just starting in his prime and will also be a free agent after this year. The Mets plan is to re-sign Lindor, and it’s already been proven that Steve Cohen will spend money. Carlos Carrasco coming to the Mets will also give them another Starting Pitcher and replace the departing Michael Wacha. Wacha, who is now with the Tampa Bay Rays. Carrasco did not have the greatest 2020 season, but not many people did consider everything that went on. Carrasco is an upgrade over Wacha, which is good for the Mets. The Mets are looking good for the 2021 season; below, I included what I believe will be their Starting Lineup and Pitching Rotation.
It will be interesting to see how the Mets perform during the 2021 season. I think the Mets will make the playoffs, but I am not sure if they win the NL East or a Wild Card spot. Rumors are going around that they are interested in going after free agent George Springer. If they can get him, it would be tough not to pick the Mets to win their division.
What about the 2021 Cleveland Indians, Cleveland won’t be a bad team, but I do not see them getting passed the Minnesota Twins or the Chicago White Sox this year. They have a high salary, and I think it would be safe to assume they will hold off spending money on free agents.