New York Mets proprietor Steve Cohen has go synonymous pinch spending immoderate it takes to onshore prima players.
Despite immoderate disapproval for his roster building, immoderate person lauded Cohen's approach, including 2020 National League MVP Freddie Freeman.
"I emotion what he’s doing," Freeman told nan New York Post. "He wants to win. He’s telling nan fans, ‘I’m successful this pinch you guys.’ He’s a instrumentality of baseball, and he’s a instrumentality of his team."
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Freddie Freeman of nan Los Angeles Dodgers cheers during nan T-Mobile Home Run Derby astatine Dodger Stadium July 18, 2022, successful Los Angeles. (Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Cohen, a hedge money head and New York native, formally completed his $2.4 cardinal acquisition of nan Mets successful November 2020. Since then, immoderate of nan biggest names successful shot person landed in Queens aft inking monolithic contracts.
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The Mets won 101 games past season, and fans look to o.k. of Cohen's strategy. Some fans were spotted wearing shirts astatine nan team's training campy pinch a image that appeared to beryllium Cohen wearing a crown.
The Mets had 1 of nan top MLB payrolls past play and are expected to person a record-breaking payroll that could transcend $360 cardinal successful 2023. The monolithic payroll would besides make Cohen responsible for a hefty luxury tax bill.
Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Justin Turner (10) high-fives Freddie Freeman (5) aft Freeman scored connected a azygous deed by Trea Turner during nan eighth inning against nan Cincinnati Reds successful Los Angeles April 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Cohen has proven he is 1 of nan fewer owners who is consenting to salary nan luxury tax. Many owners thin to awkward distant from nan taxation because of nan added costs and simplification successful profits that comes pinch signing players.
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Some of Cohen's ownership colleagues are believed to beryllium little than happy pinch nan Mets' spending patterns. But, during nan caller owners meetings, galore successful attendance acknowledged Cohen is not violating immoderate of nan league's rules.
Freddie Freeman of nan Los Angeles Dodgers during a crippled against nan Colorado Rockies astatine Dodger Stadium Oct. 2, 2022, successful Los Angeles. (Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
But Freeman, who signed a six-year, $162 cardinal statement pinch nan Dodgers successful March, said different teams should not beryllium complaining astir what Cohen is doing.
"It’s up to america to hit his team," Freeman said.
"Why would you beryllium upset? The feline wants to win," he added. "Spend away. Why not? He’s telling his fans, ‘I’m pinch you.’ It’s excited nan instrumentality guidelines to person an proprietor that wants to triumph arsenic overmuch arsenic they do."
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The Dodgers routinely person 1 of nan astir costly rosters successful nan league, but nan beforehand agency spent a small little this wintertime than it has successful caller history.
"We trim back, but to a $240 cardinal dollar payroll," Freeman said successful defense of nan Dodgers. "Sure, we didn’t person nan $300 cardinal signing. But, successful this clubhouse, you look astir you still spot a really bully team."
Chantz Martin is simply a sports writer for Fox News Digital.