Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Baseball’s new ‘Goliath’ Cohen retains Nimmo

Brandon Nimmo Talks To The Media At The New York Mets' Christmas Party On Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022.  (Ap Photo/Ron Blum)
Brandon Nimmo Talks To The Media At The New York Mets' Christmas Party On Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022.  (Ap Photo/Ron Blum)
Brandon Nimmo Talks To The Media At The New York Mets' Christmas Party On Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022.  (Ap Photo/Ron Blum)

Brandon Nimmo talks to the media at the New York Mets’ Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. ( Associated Press Photo/Ron Blum)

Brandon Nimmo talks to the media at the New York Mets’ Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. ( Associated Press Photo/Ron Blum)

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Brandon Nimmo was excited Thursday about staying with the New York Mets, who guaranteed him $162 million. And his agent, Scott Boras, talked about the difference in treatment with new owner Steve Cohen and the old Wilpon family regime.

“Our sport needs someone like Goliath. We should have Goliath,” Boras insisted during a press conference to announce Nimmo’s new deal. “You can see Steve Cohen hanging from the Empire State Building. Maybe it’s not Steve Cohen, it’s Steve Kong.”

New York, which hasn’t won a World Series since 1986, is headed for a record luxury-tax payroll of $350 million next year, its third since Cohen bought the team.

The Mets spent $461.7 million to start the offseason.

Cohen’s wife, Alex, sat in the front row as Nimmo, general manager Billy Epler and manager Buck Showalter spoke.

“The Cohens have made it very clear, as has Billy, that the goal here is to win. And that’s a big reason why we decided to stay,” Nimmo said. “To start my career with a team and end it there is very special. Not many players can do that.”

An eight-year contract with Nimmo included the signing of starter Justin Verlander and Colombian José Quintana, the retention of Puerto Rican closer Edwin Díaz, the acquisition of left-handed reliever Brooks Reilly via a trade, the hiring of reliever David Robertson and a connects to. According to Japanese pitcher Kodai Senga, that depends on a medical exam.

Those trades appear to be for the loss of Jacob deGrom, Taijuan Walker and Chris Bassitt, who all became free agents.

Nimmo said, “Cohen has made it clear that he wants to win and is going to do whatever it takes to get there.” “I think actions speak louder than words, and yours certainly backs it all up. So I guess you could say the atmosphere here is different.”

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