The New York Mets stunned the baseball world on Wednesday when they joined and signed Carlos Correa from the San Francisco Giants. The move is just the latest moment of attention in a record-breaking season for the most expensive team in American professional sports.
The Mets go into this season needing to maintain their 2022 squad standard by winning 101 games and then somehow improving on that. Love it or hate it, New York has done exactly that with the unlimited bank account power of billionaire owner Steve Cohen.
With the surprise signing of Correa on Wednesday – after his deal with the Giants fell through – the team’s projected salary for the 2023 season is $384 million. That was before they report taxed an additional $111 million next year for blowing out all current wage thresholds in the current collective bargaining agreement.
The big question now is whether Cohen’s ridiculous spending on the seven contracts he’s given freelancing agency MLB this season is worth it? Let’s take a look at the different big moves the Mets have made on the open market and give a score for each.