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Springer off board, what’s next for Mets?

At his introductory press conference in November, incoming Mets owner Steve Cohen offered a dose of reality. Cohen, a multibillionaire many times over, pledged liberal funds to the Mets’ 2021 roster. But he warned that his primary goal was to create a sustainable winner, which meant administering restraint when needed. The Mets, Cohen said, would not “spend like drunken sailors.”

The first real bit of proof arrived late Tuesday evening, when the Blue Jays, not the Mets, reportedly landed free-agent outfielder George Springer with a six-year, $150 million contract. According to a source, the Mets’ best offer for Springer was six years at around $120-125 million. In the end, they were not close.

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