Fans of the Philadelphia Phillies can disagree about a lot of things from which players to get rid of and keep to the direction of the team to ranking the teams on paper in the National League East. However, one thing that they can all agree on is that it sure has been fun watching the New York Mets implode in on themselves this season.
The New York Mets came into the 2023 season with very lofty expectations after committing a ton of money the last couple of years to their payroll. While several of those investments have not looked particularly wise this season such as giving a couple 40 year old pitchers gigantic short-term deals, at the very least they avoided giving Carlos Correa enough money to buy a small country.
Understandably, Mets fans are not having a great time and Mets owner Steve Cohen decided to have a press conference today to address those concerns and give his thoughts on where the team stands. He did not disappoint.
Here's what Steve Cohen had to say about the Mets
Cohen covered a lot of ground in this press conference. A quick summary of some key points:
1) There is no chance that he is firing Billy Eppler or Buck Showalter before the end of the season
2) He takes responsibility for the team's lack of success as the owner
3) He takes responsibility for the team's lack of success as the owner
4) He still thinks its possible that the Mets can win a World Series title in the next couple years
5) The Mets are still looking for a president of baseball operations and Billy Eppler knows that
However, the most telling things came when he was talking about the trade deadline. While he tried to remain hopeful that the team could turn things around, he is already preparing his management team for potentially selling at the trade deadline. He went further than that when asked directly about whether he would consider adding at the deadline. His response: "If I'm in this position, I'm not adding. I think that would be pretty silly. I'd probably do very little."
For the Phillies, this means that unless something drastic happens, they will not have to worry about the Mets trying to make drastic moves at the deadline to try and re-enter the NL East division race. That is one less team that they likely have to worry about in the wild card race, too.
Most importantly, it means that the Mets are all but admitting that they spent all that money and they are still about to throw the towel in on the 2023 season. You love to see it.