SAN DIEGO — It could very well be that, for all of the hundreds of millions of dollars invested by the Mets’ National League East rivals this offseason, the billions committed by Steve Cohen to purchase the Mets themselves will carry the largest historical impact.
Until the Mets’ imperfect savior arrives, though? As Cosmo Kramer once advised, look away. They’re hideous.
The Nationals won the first full day of the winter meetings Monday with their seven-year, $245 million agreement to bring back World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg. Hence the defending champions joined in earnest the division spending party to which only the Mets, coming off a modest 86-76 record and third-place showing, have been a no-show.
“We’ve got to continue to be as aggressive as we can,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday at the meetings, “because teams aren’t getting worse around us.”
Score that as a rare understatement for the high-energy Van Wagenen. Strasburg joined beloved veteran and October hero Howie Kendrick as a returnee to the reigning champions, and more will come, be it Anthony Rendon’s return to third base or a high-quality replacement there.