If you’re waiting for the Mets to sign a big-name free agent, know that Steve Cohen is just as anxious.
The new Mets owner voiced his impatience on the slow Sunday morning after Christmas, tweeting that he’d call GM Jared Porter and “see what’s up.” Less than two hours later, Cohen fired away his findings.
“Not much going out there due to the holidays,” Cohen tweeted. “Conversations hopefully pick up this week.”
Cohen has been on a mission to connect with his fan base since he dethroned Fred and Jeff Wilpon and became the Mets’ sole majority owner in early November. Fans have largely appreciated his informal approach of speaking directly to fans through Twitter, but some are second-guessing how much Cohen will spend this offseason. Though his $14 billion net worth suggests the Mets will make at least one or two splashes, fans are unsatisfied with the James McCann and Trevor May signings and getting impatient over the league’s slow market pace. They’re beginning to wonder whether Cohen is all bark and no bite.
Cohen attempted to quell that narrative by suggesting he is nothing like the penny-pinching Wilpons and has a desire to significantly improve the Mets roster this winter. Anyone who thinks otherwise “sounds like a Met fan suffering from PTSD,” per Cohen.
On the topic of free agents, he added: “There doesn’t seem to be a lot of bidders and agents are holding out for new bidders.”
The Mets have been linked to free agents George Springer and Trevor Bauer as potential landing spots for the outfielder and starting pitcher, respectively. After weeks of slow or no movement in the market, the Padres on Sunday night traded for the Rays’ 2018 Cy Young pitcher Blake Snell.
Conversations are indeed picking up, and perhaps the Mets will be next to make a splash.
SUSPENDED CANO LAUNCHES HOMERS
Mets second baseman Robinson Cano, who was suspended for the 2021 MLB season following his second-career positive test for a steroid, enjoyed a two-homer day in his Dominican Winter League debut for the Estrellas Orientales on Sunday. Cano went 2-for-3 with four RBI along with his two home runs, starring alongside Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. in the Estrellas’ 8-4 win over Leones del Escogido.
Cano’s mom, Claribel Mercedes, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
COHENS GIVE BACK HALF A MIL
The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, headed by Mets owner Steve Cohen and his wife Alex, made a $500,000 donation to the River Fund New York. The charity works to feed impoverished families in all five New York boroughs. The Cohen Foundation’s half-million-dollar donation will help the River Fund navigate through the next three-four months, the Mets said in a statement. The Queens-based organization predicts that donation will help feed over 33,000 families through warehousing, trucking, and purchasing and packaging of food.
“One of our main missions as the Mets Ownership group is to make a substantial impact in our communities,” said Alex Cohen, president of the Cohen Foundation, in a statement on Monday. “We are grateful to be in the position to be able to make a donation that will provide food for so many, especially during these challenging times.”
Since 2015, the Mets and Cohen Foundations had combined to donate around $335,000 to the River Fund.