A-Rod, Cohen In Running as List of Potential Mets Buyers Winnowed to Four: Report

Lou DiPietro
July 14, 2020 - 3:43 pm

The list of potential buyers for the New York Mets has been pared down to the Final Four, with Scott Soshnick of Sportico reporting that as of now, one of the four is an “unidentified party.”

Billionaire Steve Cohen, a consortium fronted by Alex Rodriguez, and Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (the group led by Sixers and Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer) have also advanced to the second round in the saga of “Who Wants To Be A Mets Owner?,” with the identity of the fourth entrant still unknown.

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According to Soshnick, the groups were informed by investment bank Allen & Co., which is overseeing the sale, that they were the Final Four. They were also told not to submit offers for SNY, as that is not part of the sale, and representatives would reach out soon to continue the process.

Cohen’s initial bid reportedly included a $2 million play for SNY on top of a $2 million bid for the team, but per Soshnick, those bids were non-binding, meaning prospective owners can alter their offers until one is accepted by the Wilpons.

At least five candidates submitted opening bids, and names bandied about as possibly in the running up until now also include billionaire British brothers David and Simon Reuben, as well as at least three other still-anonymous potential purchasers that were vetted and pre-approved by Major League Baseball.

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