New Mets Owner Steve Cohen Has Some Blunt Tweets

The San Diego Padres are going for it in their offseason, acquiring star pitchers Blake Snell and Yu Darvish. Across the country, new Mets owner Steve Cohen is looking on with understandable envy about the trades that Padres GM AJ Preller was able to make after beefing up the franchise’s farm system. Cohen didn’t mince words about the Mets being behind on this front:

There’s some early era Mark Cuban vibes there, and Cohen got extra caustic with someone in his mentions who stated the obvious point that free agent spending doesn’t mean you have to trade away players from the farm system:

Early indications are that this is going to be a wild ride with Cohen, a hedge fund titan who is the wealthiest owner in MLB and is clearly going to go about all this in a very public way.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Life-long NYY fan here…the Mets could use a large does of “brash”…good for baseball when major market teams are relevant. Thing is, Mr. Cohen has a ‘master of the universe’ mindset, and is always the best prepared and smartest man in the room. Him shooting from the lip about the Padres top 5 farm system vis-a-vis free agent signings shows he needs a crash course in running an MLB franchise. Guaranteed to be a helluva roller-coaster ride if nothing else. Just my 2 cents.

  2. First, from a former Padres fan, the organization has cried poverty since its founding. Where the funding for all the large contracts and going all in, from a team that perpetually gets to year 3 of the 5 year plan only to start over again, is mind boggling. Particularly coming off a year where even the best funded teams lost staggering sums of revenue. Not sure that is going to be a good end result. Probably not the model to follow.

    As for the Mets, Cohen is right to go after rebuilding the minors. If you look at the Dodgers success, they rebuilt the farm system, while bringing in people like Turner and Muncy, while having a roster of mostly home grown players, and not really over paying for superstars in free agency. They also were able to do all of this while working through the bad money deals on the books where you are paying contracts on people no longer there. I think that is more the model to follow, and yes its a disappointment that you aren’t signing the biggest names in the off season, but the Dodgers are making offers just not for outrageous numbers of years and dollars. Where the real value of a Cohen is going to be is in building an infrastructure so that the draft picks and the minor leagues aren’t a bust, that they churn out MLB caliber players every year and you can either trade or promote them.

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