May 14, 2021

This Mets’ offseason just gets crazier and crazier (New York Post)



PORT ST. LUCIE — The Mets spent Friday in limbo, waiting to find out the next steps they would take after spring training was shuttered around the league.

The work stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic will no doubt throw every team into turmoil, and it’s just the latest part of an especially chaotic offseason for the Mets.

The uncertainty began on Oct. 3, when the Mets fired manager Mickey Callaway.

That kicked off a month-long search for a new manager, which ended on Nov. 1, when they hired Carlos Beltran.

The excitement of that move lasted less than two weeks before Beltran’s name surfaced in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that, until the past few days, figured to dominate much of the regular season.

Beltran denied involvement to The Post’s Joel Sherman, however, and he remained the Mets’ manager.

With Beltran still at the helm, the Wilpons entered into an agreement in December to sell 80 percent of the franchise for $2.6 billion to hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen, briefly leading to the notion that the team would get an influx of cash, resulting in an eventual increase in payroll.

Then came the revelation by The Post that in May of last year,…

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