“Why is it my fault? Look at yourself!”… NYM owner who wrote ‘681.8 billion’

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“Look back at yourself!”

American ‘Yahoo Sports’ quoted ‘ESPN’s report on the 8th (Korean time) and delivered an interview with Steve Cohen, owner of the New York Mets. In an interview, Cohen gave a word to owners who don’t invest.

Cohen, who founded and serves as chairman of the large American hedge fund ‘SAC Capital Advisors’, acquired the New York Mets in September 2020 for $2.475 billion (approximately KRW 3.1185 trillion). After ‘billionaire’ Cohen was named as the owner, the Mets literally spent money like water, and soon established themselves as the number one club in terms of team annual salary.

Cohen has been brilliant since his appearance. Immediately after Cohen took over as owner, the Mets signed a 12-year, $341 million (approximately 429.6 billion won) extension contract with Francisco Lindor prior to the 2021 season, announcing the start of a hot investment. But that was just the beginning. Cohen’s investments have grown markedly each year.

The Mets got busy again after the 2021 season ended. As a result, he joined hands with Max Scherzer, the “largest free agent (FA) fish,” for 3 years and 130 million dollars (approximately 163.8 billion won), and was honored with the highest annual salary (43.33 million dollars) in the major leagues. In addition, he signed a contract with Mark Kanha for 2 years, 26.5 million dollars (approximately 33.3 billion won) and Starling Marte for 4 years, 78 million dollars (approximately 98.2 billion won), strengthening his power.

This winter, the Mets showed what a ‘broad run’ is. The Mets started with a 5-year, $102 million (approximately 128.5 billion won) contract with Edwin Diaz, and signed Justin Verlander through a two-year, $86.66 million (approximately 109.1 billion won) contract, leading to Scherzer-Verlander. They succeeded in forming the strongest ‘one-two punch’.

The Mets continued to embrace Senga Kodai (5 years, $75 million), who challenged to enter the big leagues through the ‘posting system’, and ‘Rabbit’ Brandon Nemo (8 years, $162 million), Jeff McNeil (4 years, 50 million dollars). $10,000) contract extension. They also brought in Jose Quintana ($26 million over 2 years), David Robertson ($10 million over 1 year), Adam Ottavino ($14.5 million over 2 years), and Omar Navaez ($15 million over 2 years).

The Mets poured $541.16 million, or about 681.8 billion won in Korean currency, in the winter of 2022-2023 alone. The total annual salary of the players rose vertically due to the unstoppable Mets, and the annual salary of the players in the 2023 season of $ 369.9 million (approximately 466 billion won) ranked first among the 30 major league clubs. It is about $100 million (about 126 billion won) more than the second-place New York Yankees ($288.5 million). 메이저사이트

In the case of the major leagues, a luxury tax (competition balance tax) must be paid according to the total annual salary of the players. Last winter, the Major League Secretariat and the players union adjusted the standard for levying the luxury tax through the CBA (labor-management agreement), and the standard for levying the luxury tax for the 2023 season is $233 million (approximately 293.5 billion won). The Mets, which have far exceeded the luxury tax standard, have to pay a huge luxury tax.

Fans are delighted with the Mets’ active investment, but owners of other teams are full of dissatisfaction. “I hear other people talking about me,” Cohen said. “Other owners are getting criticism from the fans. I think ‘there is’,” he said.

“I’m not responsible for how other teams run their clubs. I really have no responsibility. It’s not my job,” Cohen said. “There are gaps in baseball. Everyone knows that. .The major leagues set the rules, and I just follow the rules,” he said, expressing his conviction to the dissatisfaction of the owners of other teams.

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