Signs continue to point to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen buying into the Mets

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Last month the New York Times identified hedge fund manager Steve Cohen as the frontrunner to buy a minority share of the Mets. Today the New York Post is saying that is still the case, reporting that Cohen was to meet with with the Wilpons and/or Saul Katz  “at 8 pm at Gabriele’s Steak House in his hometown of Greenwich, Conn.”  No word if he had the creamed spinach.

In the Times’ report, people who knew Cohen said that they would be surprised that he would accept a minority stake in the Mets, on the presumption that such a stake would provide him with no control over the direction of the team.  The Post reported last week, however, and repeats today, that “a minority owner will have significant input immediately on key budgetary decisions” and that he would “be part of a newly created board.”

Perhaps those changes were designed specifically for Cohen? Perhaps the hedge fund manager is looking for a foothold he could use to one day get a bigger piece of the Amazin’ pie?

Source: Aaron Judge, Yankees reach $360M, 9-year deal

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Aaron Judge has agreed to return to the New York Yankees on a $360 million, nine-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday because the deal had not been announced.

Judge will earn $40 million per season, the highest average annual payout for a position player. The contract trails only Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts’ $365 million pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers for biggest in baseball history.

Judge was offered a long-term deal by New York before last season that was worth $213.5 million over seven years from 2023-29. But he turned it down in the hours before opening day in April.

The 6-foot-7 Judge bet on himself — and won.

Judge set an American League record with 62 homers in 2022, powering the Yankees to the AL East title. He also tied for the major league lead with 131 RBIs and just missed a Triple Crown with a .311 batting average.

New York was swept by Houston in the AL Championship Series, but Judge became the first AL MVP for the Yankees since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Judge, 30, was selected by New York in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft and made his big league debut in 2016, homering in his first at-bat.

A year later, he was one of baseball’s breakout stars. He hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 2017, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. The four-time All-Star has 220 homers and 497 RBIs in seven big league seasons.