The New York Mets made their first blockbuster trade since billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen purchased the team in October 2020: acquiring four-time All-Star Francisco Lindor from the Cleveland Indians.
Cohen, who has an estimated net worth of $14.6 billion, acquired the Mets in a $2.42 billion deal. He immediately said he’ll spend top dollar to make the organization a World Series contender.
Many expect the Mets to quickly sign Lindor to a long-term contract.
The 27-year-old shortstop was available as the Cleveland franchise embarks on a rebuilding effort. Shipping Lindor, along with pitcher Carlos Carrasco, to New York will save approximately $30 million in payroll.
2021 Financial Comparisons:
- New York estimated payroll: $179 million
- Cleveland estimated payroll: $40 million
- Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout: $37.1 million
The Mets’ total no longer includes the $24 million that would otherwise be owed to Robinson Canó, who is serving a PED suspension.
Beyond yesterday’s trade, Cohen has already delivered on his promise to spend for the Mets:
- Kept pitcher Marcus Stroman on a $18.9 million qualifying offer
- Re-signed pitcher Noah Syndergaard to a one-year, $9.7 million contract
- Signed pitcher Trevor May to a two-year, $15.5 million contract
- Signed catcher James McCann to a four-year, $40.6 million contract
Despite the frenzy around the Lindor news, Cohen was focused elsewhere: “I know this trade seems to [be] creating excitement but let’s get back to what matters – the black jerseys,” he tweeted.