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Mets never made formal offer in Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes

Apparently, even Steve Cohen has his limits.

The Mets did not make a formal offer to Shohei Ohtani, the Post's Mike Puma reported Saturday after it became clear that the number on his contract was higher than the team was comfortable with.

As it turns out, these contract numbers were historic. Ohtani signed a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers, which is believed to be the largest contract in sports history.

Lionel Messi previously held the record for a single contract worth $674 million.

Ohtani's $70 million per season blows away the previous MLB record of $43.3 million per season that Cohen gave to Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.

The Mets and Yankees didn't appear to be heavily involved in acquiring Ohtani, who didn't seem to be a good fit for New York.


Shohei Ohtani signed a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers as a free agent. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

A clubhouse source told Jon Heyman of the Post that Ohtani said he couldn't see himself playing in the Big Apple.

The Mets have been more cautious this offseason, focusing more on building their foundation through young players and the farm system.


Steve Cohen and the Mets never made a formal offer in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes.
Steve Cohen and the Mets never made a formal offer in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. charles wenzelberg

An exception may be made for 25-year-old Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

The Yankees made a different kind of noise this week with their trade for Juan Soto.

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