After a nine-month odyssey, Steve Cohen finally got what he wanted: a deal to acquire theNew York Mets.
The billionaire reached an agreement withSterling Partners, a firm backed by the families that own the Mets, to purchase the 58-year-old team, according to astatement Monday. Terms of the transaction, which still needs approval from Major League Baseball’s other club owners, weren’t disclosed.
“I am excited to have reached an agreement with the Wilpon and Katz families to purchase the New York Mets,” Cohen said in the statement.
Cohen, already a Mets investor, was in talks to acquire the teamlate last year, but the negotiations broke down by February and the owners went looking for other prospective buyers.
Mets fans have long hoped that a change in ownership would help shift the fortunes of a team in the shadow of the New York Yankees. Though the Mets have the fifth-highest payroll in the league, it’s significantly below what the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers spend.
The 64-year-old Cohen rooted for the Mets while growing up on Long Island and attended games at the Polo Grounds, where the team started out.
Cohen, the owner of Point72 Asset Management, is worth $10.1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. His former firm, SAC Capital Advisors, pleaded guilty to securities fraud in 2013 and paid a record fine as part of a U.S. crackdown on insider trading on Wall Street.
Cohen raised $5 billion in 2018 from outside clients when Point72, a family office, became a hedge fund, saying it was easy to raise money.
Sportico previously reported on Cohen’s Mets deal,saying it values the Mets at about $2.42 billion. That would make it the most spent on an MLB franchise, exceeding the $2.15 billion paid for the Los Angeles Dodgers and related real estate, the sports website said.
Sterling Partners sign agreement with Steve Cohen. #Mets11:39 PM · Sep 14, 2020
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