Billionaire Steve Cohen’s $800 Million Dilemma Induced by Incessant Rain Could Derail New York Mets’ Ambitious Shohei Ohtani Pursuit

The New York Mets were scheduled to play against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. However, the rain cost them once again, as the league had to reschedule their game once again. Meanwhile, the billionaire owner of the Mets, Steve Cohen, is in a dilemma about whether to invest in a retractable roof or sign Shohei Ohtani. 

Mets faced back-to-back washouts 

Saturday’s game was also postponed due to rain, and that game will be made up as part of a split-admission doubleheader on Aug. 12. Then Sunday’s game also got postponed, and it took place as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Monday. These washouts actually pushed back Max Scherzer comeback after 10 game suspension. 

Steve Cohen is in a dilemma 

As per the New York Post journalist, Jon Heyman, Cohen is in a dilemma about renovating the City Field Stadium, because a retractable roof would cost around $800 million. Heyman said, “Word is Cohen was told it would cost $800 million to add a retractable roof, which seems to have given him pause to the point where he is currently considering it a missed opportunity.”

Heyman is in favor of renovation 

As per previous reports, the Mets were targeting Shohei Ohtani, who will become a free agent after the 2023 season. The talented two-way player would cost him around $600 million. If they go for renovation, Cohen will get a cutback on taxes, which will be good for them. Hence, Heyman believes going for a retractable roof is not such a bad idea. 

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