NEW YORK – If there was any doubt that the tenure of Steve Cohen would mark a new era of New York Mets baseball, the team’s new owner hopes the 10-year, $341 million contract given to shortstop Francisco Lindor erases any skepticism.
“I told you I’m all-in,” Cohen told reporters Monday, “and this should leave no doubt.”
Under the ownership of Cohen, the Mets became one of the most aggressive teams in baseball during free agency this past offseason, pursuing big-name free agents such as George Springer and Trevor Bauer as Cohen tried to make his mark as the team’s new owner.
“We made different attempts that we’re serious about this,” Cohen said. “Like I said, when people want to sign a contract, two people sign a contract, not one. It was great to get Francisco. We like him a lot, and I thought it was a very successful offseason too. We built up our depth, and we’re thrilled where we are and are looking forward to the season.”
Cohen said that, during the course of negotiations, he and…