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Mets’ Steve Cohen addresses MLB trade deadline, deGrom contract

WASHINGTON – As Steve Cohen approaches his first trade deadline as Mets proprietor, he’s holding an open thoughts.

The Mets most notably are skinny on beginning pitching depth, and the rookie proprietor mentioned Sunday he wish to see what turns into out there between now and July 30.

But he additionally acknowledged the aggressive steadiness tax, utilized to {dollars} spent past the $210 million payroll threshold, will come into play. Spotrac locations the Mets’ payroll at $199.9 million.

“It’s something to think about because there is a price to pay if you go over [the threshold] for the following year or the year after,” Cohen mentioned earlier than the Mets confronted the Nationals. “I am not going to go over for a million or two million. That’s stupid, so if you are going to do it you are going to do it, so we’ll see what’s available.”

The hedge-fund billionaire, in his first in-person meeting with reporters, was requested if the crew has begun discussing a brand new contract with Jacob deGrom, whose present $137.5 million deal accommodates an decide out following the 2022 season. DeGrom, who has gained two Cy Young awards within the final three seasons, is pitching to a 0.54 ERA this year.

“I’m focused on this year,” Cohen mentioned. “I don’t think it’s the right moment. We’re focused on this year, so obviously it’s something we’re thinking about. We love Jacob.”

Mets proprietor Steve Cohen
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Cohen acknowledged the membership had casual discussions with deGrom’s camp in spring coaching that didn’t advance far.

After this season Marcus Stroman can head to free company. The right-hander has been an vital piece within the crew’s rotation, pitching to a 2.33 ERA that ranks ninth within the main leagues.

“I like Marcus, he is a good guy and he is pitching great, too,” Cohen mentioned. “You have got to love it. These are all big decisions. No one has an unlimited amount of money. … You have got to be disciplined. We’ll figure it out when we get there.”

Cohen additionally gave an endorsement to supervisor Luis Rojas, a holdover from the earlier regime.

“Louie is doing a fine job,” Cohen mentioned. “Given all the injuries, he’s got to make up a lineup every day that is different than the previous day, so we have got to give him credit.”

Cohen was non-committal on when the Mets’ black jerseys (standard amongst followers) may return, saying it’s one thing that needs to be authorised by MLB.

How has Cohen adjusted in his transition from minority proprietor to move honcho?

“I knew I would care about every game, but I didn’t realize how much I would care,” he mentioned. “I am living and dying with every inning. I think it’s calmed down a little bit over the last month.”