With Brandon Nimmo’s OK, Steve Cohen shows he knows how to spend his money – The Denver Post


The contract Brandon Nimmo got from the Mets on Thursday, eight years and $162 million, was obviously not the biggest of the week in baseball, when the owners got a little crazy, or maybe a lot. Aaron Judge had a bigger one, and so did Trea Turner, and so did Xander Bogaerts, who stepped out of the clown car that the Red Sox became and somehow got an 11-year contract from the Padres, even though Bogaerts is a 30-year-old shortstop.

Jacob deGrom got five years and $185 million from Rangers even after starting just 26 games the past two seasons and winning just five of the Mets’ 101 won this season. Steve Cohen responded to that by bringing in 39-year-old American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander and paying him $86 million for the next two years.

But the most telling of all might have been Nimmo’s. Because with that one, giving his centre-back as many years as he has and as much money as he has, and getting the kind of value he’s going to get at $20 million a year as he will get if Nimmo stays healthy, Cohen reminded everyone that he might really be the sum of everyone’s fears, just because he has more d money than any other owner in the sport and clearly knows how to spend it.

He chose not to foolishly spend it on deGrom because that’s exactly what he would have done had he given him the kind of deal Rangers did. He spent a lot on Verlander, but did it on short notice, and got a pitcher not only built to last – as deGrom was not – but is one of the great right-handed pitchers of his time in baseball. , and one that clearly believes it still has a chance of reaching 300.

It’s almost as if Cohen behaved up to the Nimmo deal, even after signing Verlander the kind of contract he gave Verlander’s former teammate from Detroit last winter, M Scherzer. Then he saw the rest of the sport lose its collective spirit, even across town, unless you think Judge won’t become what Albert Pujols has become at the end of that 10-year contract he has signed with the Angels after leaving St. Louis, which means a shell of what he was when he was growing up.

Maybe Judge will still be a judge in his late thirties and about to turn 40. Or maybe, and more likely, the Yankees are actually paying the big guy $70 million a year for the next five years, if that. The Padres are hoping to get a good five years out of Bogaerts, which means they’re effectively paying a very good player and two-time World Series champion about $50 million over what one would reasonably expect from the rest of his prime. You can apply the same general math to Turner, whose defensive ability that a lot of baseball people I know think is going to be on display defensively in an unchanged world next season.

Brandon Nimmo will be 30 next March. But he fits the culture that Buck Showalter created at Citi Field, he plays the hell off center field, he’s a leadoff hitter, and there was no one there the Mets could see replacing him. Did they overpay? Of course they did, at least in terms of years. Did they overpay like everyone else has in baseball this season? Not even close.

So Cohen, baseball’s new Warbucks dad, got the second ace that deGrom had been for Buck when deGrom was healthy, and he kept his center fielder, and spent less than the Phillies spent on Turner and less than the Padres spent on Bogaerts.

Did Nimmo have more years than I thought? He did. Is he worth them later with the $20 million a year he earns now? You better believe he is. Cohen had already locked up his closest, Edwin Diaz, as good as there was in the game in 2022, for another $100 million. So that means the Mets locked their closest, center back and Justin Verlander for the same dollars the Yankees gave Aaron Judge.

Besides? Good for the judge. Kudos to him for getting as much as he could get after the season he had. The Yankees held him because they had to, held, as I said the other day, for life. They couldn’t afford to lose him and they didn’t. You can’t calculate how much he was worth to the Yankees last season, even with how that season ended against the Astros.

Here’s what Showalter said Friday about the Mets clinging to Nimmo:

“This is what I call the feel test. I said that to some of our people the other day and they said, “You mean the field test? And I said, no, I was talking about how we would all have felt if Brandon had gone to play somewhere else, and the fear of the unknown who would have accompanied him for our team. Where do you find a leader? Where do you find a center fielder? Where to find someone who will be as good at the club as Nimmo? And our landlord recognized him and paid the man.

The great irony here is that in a world of baseball where other owners fear Steve Cohen, where they think that because of his wealth he’s their worst nightmare, a bunch of them came out last week and made the things they feared Cohen would do when he bought the Mets. They became their worst nightmare and their worst enemy, while Cohen sat and watched it all.

None of these deals are safe for the Mets owner, not Verlander’s, not Nimmo’s, not the one Diaz had in his pocket before everyone arrived in San Diego for the Winter Meetings and the everyone is a little crazy. The Mets kept two players they needed to keep and replaced deGrom in the blink of an eye. They added to their bullpen with David Robertson and added a reliable left-handed starter in Jose Quintana. And it’s probably not over yet with a team that has won 101 games.

“I heard from three of my coaches today,” Showalter said. “And the message was pretty much the same from everyone: Let’s go.”

The Mets have spent this week, don’t worry, making big swings with everyone. They just didn’t spend the most. But it could be that their owner has spent the best.


If the Giants are going to show they’re more than a lucky team early on with that two-point conversion and then beating the Ravens on a day when Lamar Jackson ended Christmas at the start of a fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium, they can show us Sunday.

They can come up against an Eagles team that has been the best in the sport this season, come out big, play above their heads, and not only upset the Eagles, but finally earn a division victory in the NFC East.

Really, what the Giants have a chance to do on Sunday at home is show the rest of the NFL that they really could be as good as their record, even if they certainly didn’t look like that. lately.

Everyone knows about injuries.

Everyone has injuries.

They still have to make this Sunday better than last Sunday, when they couldn’t beat the Commanders, and when the Commanders quarterback – a tough guy named Taylor Heinicke – was better than Daniel Jones in the most highlights of the game.

If the Giants are good enough to finish the way they started, here’s their chance.

Maybe there will be a second act for Baker Mayfield after all.

There are always plenty of Hollywood endings in the NFL during a season.

It won’t get any better than the one Mayfield and the Rams gave us in Hollywood on Thursday night.

My pal Stanton just feels bad that Baker showed up too late with a match like that to earn himself another Heisman.

The Knicks have to hope they can sign a big free agent one day, the same way big free agents have been signed all over baseball over the past week.

Because the Knicks never really signed a big free agent like that.

The closest to them was Amar’e Stoudemire, who looked like an MVP candidate when he first came to town.

And the only reason they got Stoudemire was because they were willing to secure his contract when no one else would.

Brazil v Croatia was great on Friday at the World Cup.

Then Argentina against the Netherlands was even better in the second game, with the Netherlands trailing 0-2 in the 82nd minute to equalize and then Argentina advancing on their final penalty.

I’m a Messi guy.

I hope it’s finally his time.

So wait, Hal Steinbrenner is Mo Rivera for being able to throw $360 million like Mo might throw his box cutter?

Are the Celtics still missing Ime Udoka?

As soon as Brian Daboll didn’t go for a fourth down, he must have wondered where all his friends went.



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