Steve Cohen is ready to let Billy Eppler spend big to fix Mets


Now that they finally have a general manager, Mets owner Steve Cohen is ready to start spending again.

During Billy Eppler’s introductory news conference as the team’s new general manager, Cohen said he’s prepared to open up his checkbook in an effort to meet his goal of winning the NL East.

Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson and Billy Eppler during the GM's introductory press conference.
Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson and Billy Eppler during the GM’s introductory press conference.
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“I’m willing, for the right deals and right free agents, to go get the players we need,’’ Cohen said during Friday’s Zoom call, alongside team president Sandy Alderson. “We want to be competitive. We want to win our division and be in the playoffs and get deep into the playoffs. I’ve let Billy and Sandy know: It’s whatever they need.”

They have plenty of holes to fill, including manager and a coaching staff. As far as the roster goes, they have needs in the outfield and — especially — the starting rotation, in the wake of Noah Syndergaard’s departure for the Angels after rejecting the qualifying offer from the Mets.

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