The Mets’ financial clout could drastically change as soon as this weekend.
Those involved with Steve Cohen’s purchase of the Mets hope the deal will officially close Friday, according to a person familiar with the situation.
If not, the sale will be finalized by early next week.
Cohen confirmed the Daily News’ reporting through a tweet to a Mets fan on his Twitter account, with a teaser on when he might be in front of a camera speaking as the Mets owner for the first time.
“I’m aiming for next Tues,” Cohen said on when to expect an introductory press conference, “if we can close the purchase tomorrow.”
As soon as the deal closes, Cohen can officially begin making moves as the sole owner of the team.
Cohen was approved by Major League Baseball’s owners last Friday in a 26-4 vote. Mayor de Blasio also quickly signed off on the transaction.
The hedge-fund titan, who is worth an estimated $14 billion, is buying the Mets from Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz for $2.4 billion. Cohen will become the wealthiest owner in MLB once the deal is closed.
“I anticipate closing the deal in the next 10 days and then it’s off and running,” Cohen (@StevenACohen2) tweeted on Sunday morning.
“It has been a privilege and honor for our families to have been a part of this great franchise for the past 40 years,” said Fred Wilpon in a statement last week. “I know that Steve Cohen and his family share the same passion we’ve had for the Mets and for this City. Steve will continue, and will build upon, this organization’s longstanding commitment to the support of our community, and of those in need, which is especially important at this time.”
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