If Epstein was their first choice, why not try again

Mets and Theo Epstein: The ball is in Cohen’s court.


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The conversation between Mets owner Steve Cohen and Theo Epstein never took off. But why not try a second time, it’s the best.

The Mets’ search to fill the position of president of baseball operations has stalled as Steve Cohen navigates his way through secondary options.

We know that the “conversation” between Cohen and Epstein was brief, and supposedly ended with mutual understanding to pursue nothing further.

We know that the “interview” was conducted impersonally over Skype instead of face to face.

We know Theo Epstein has a comfortable job as a consultant to MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred.

Mets fans: Awaiting response.
Mets fans: Awaiting response.

We know Epstein put out a request that his next baseball job will include part of the team he works for, which upset Cohen.

We know the Mets are under pressure to fill the position because in two weeks, at the end of the World Series, all the other teams will be on the march to implement their offseason strategy, with agent trades and signings. free while the Mets are shut down. .

And finally, with all that, we know that Steve Cohen can be very persuasive. He makes up for what he lacks in charm with cunning and determination to get what he wants.

So if Cohen concludes (and he should) that Epstein is what the Mets need at the helm, then why not engage in an all-out campaign to get him on board.

Why can’t Cohen, for example, call Epstein to request a meeting – a real one this time – to discuss in detail why the Mets want him, what benefits Cohen is willing to concede, as well as financial support? Epstein will receive from him, luxury tax or not?

Epstein’s success in Boston and Chicago, plus the fact that he’s just a puppy at 47, suggests to me that he doesn’t want to be a “consultant” for anything or anyone. whatever, and he knows his current job is beneath him.

Mets: Cohen’s Biggest Sale Ever

Cohen also needs to put the “Alderson thing” behind him, telling Epstein in no uncertain terms that “you’re my guy”, and Alderson will report back to you if he even stays at all.

Mets: A piece of the pie for Epstein?  Yes, but show me something first.
Mets: A piece of the pie for Epstein? Yes, but show me something first.

As for Epstein’s reported claim to own part of the Mets, Cohen can agree, but on the condition that Mets stock is directly tied to success or not.

Language can be written into Epstein’s contract guaranteeing part of the Mets, but only after Epstein’s first year in office.

Without argument, the Mets pose as big of a challenge as there is in baseball. Epstein has faced similar challenges twice, and if he’s everything everyone says he is, he’ll take the Mets as an opportunity to continue his baseball legacy.

The conversation should start from the premise that if Epstein wants the job, it’s his.

Cohen’s first question to Epstein, and the only one that matters, is this. “Okay, put yourself in the shoes. Now tell me three (specific) things you would do in your first week of work to improve the Mets”.

Epstein says he doesn’t want the job. Cohen says, yes, you do – and I’m here to make it happen.

Currently, the list of candidates for the position is now said to include:

  • Billy Owens, the assistant general manager of A.
  • Michael Hillformer president of baseball operations for the Marlins.
  • John Ricco, Mets senior vice president and special adviser.
  • bobby devilspecial assistant to the general manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.

All worthy of consideration? Sure, but none of them match Theo Epstein’s credentials.

Cohen knows this, so why is beating around the bush necessary?

Go get it, Steve…

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