SAN DIEGO — Brodie Van Wagenen swatted away talk about Steve Cohen’s looming acquisition of the Mets by stating he wanted to stick with baseball.
Except, of course, there is nothing quite as important for a team’s baseball operations as who the owner is. Everyone works at their mercy. That person controls the purse strings. Sets the tone for the organization. The Mets are a reflection of the Wilpons and, potentially, will someday soon be a reflection of Cohen.
One of Van Wagenen’s selling points as GM was his willingness to see all issues three-dimensionally, and one of those dimensions now is the potential of an owner with deep pockets entering the Mets’ life. Shouldn’t that impact decision making? Now?
And this should be about more than what Cohen might bring soon. How about what the Wilpons should bring now?
If Mets ownership is fairly confident of this sale — and I believe the Wilpons are fairly confident that Cohen will soon assume about 80 percent of the team — then the 2020 club is going to be the last that is truly theirs. Even if the Wilpons hold onto executive titles, Cohen will control the money. If he wants the Mets to go full bore for Mookie…