Mets wil atlanta braves men's jerseys l 'probably' get over Cohen Threshold of $290 million; how the franchise got there

March 14, 2022 By Kevin Skiver 0

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The Mets are not comfortable playing second fiddle this year.

As he enters his second season as the club's majority owner, Steve Cohen continues to make it clear that he is willing to spend. In the 2021 offseason, he made a blockbuster trade for Francisco Lindor and then signed him to a atlanta braves jersey patch $341 million extension; this offseason, he added Max Scherzer for $43.3 million per year. The Opening Day roster looks it could be the most expensive in MLB history.

Cohen was asked recently about the new $290 million threshold for the Competitive Balance Tax that was agreed to as part of MLB's new collective bargaining agreement with the players. It was dubbed the "Cohen Threshold" due to its apparent targeting of the Mets' spending. Cohen said "$290 million is a lot of money to spend overall. Like I said before, I'm OK with it and I'm willing to live with it, and we'll leave it at that."

Cohen added that the Mets "probably will" go over $290 million, which would have the club being tMLB Accessoriesaxed at 80 percent for every dollar it goes over that number.

The Mets are already over the third MLB Batting Practice CBT tier of $270 million, and they're likely to compete with the 2015 Dodgers for most expensive Opening Day payroll of all time. That team was at $272.8 million for the first game of the season; the Mets as of Sunday were at $249.1 million, with more work to do.

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For reference, the Mets alone are currently spending a hair under $100 million more than the Marlins, Pirates, Orioles, and Guardians combined.

Here's a look at major moves the Mets have made to get their roster i atlanta braves world series t shirts n this state.

Trading for Francisco Lindor

The Mets caught the Guardians at the perfect time in January 2021. They traded Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene for Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. In popular thought, the trade unseated the Dodgers' heist of Mookie Betts atop the list of one-sided blockbuster trades.

Cohen then agreed to a 10-year extension with Lindor that begTim Andersonins this season. It will pay him $34.1 million per year through 2031. 

Although Lindor struggled at times last season, the trade was thought of as a slam dunk for the Mets at the time and should continue to be thought of that way given the minimal return the Guardians got.

Adding Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar

The Mets have signed three free-agent hitters over 30 this offseason. They locked up Marte for four years and Canha and Escobar each for two years with a club option for a third. After the lockout, they added veteran reliever AdamVineyard Vines Ottavino on a one-year deal worth a reported $4 million.

Marte, Canha and Escobar will mMLB Kids Clothing ake a combined $124.5 million in guaranteed money during the life of their contracts. For tax purposes, Marte's average annual value is $19.5 million, Canha's is $13.25 million and Escobar's is $10 million.

Landing Max Scherzer

After losing out on Trevor Bauer to the Dodgers last year, the Mets signed Scherzer to a three-year contract worth $130 million. Scherzer was a key figure in the MLB Players Association's negotiations with MLB during the lockout.

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The three-time Cy Young award winner joins a rotation that already boasted Jacob deGrom. When healthy, they will form one of the best 1-2 starting pitcher punches in MLB. The Mets still wanted to bolster the rotation, however, and they made a move to do that on March 12 by acquiring right-hander Chris Bassitt from the A's for pitching prospects J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller.

A lot of pieces still need to fall into place in baseball this offseason, but the Mets will likely have the highest Opening Day payroll. If they find themselves playing meaningful games around the trade deadline, expect to see them add even more salary.

All of this is to say that the Yankees aren't the only New York team we should be talking about when big-name players hit the trade market or free agency. Cohen wants to ensure that the Mets are mentioned as well. Other owners may not like it, but that's the direc atlanta braves jersey women red tion he wants to take moving forward.

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