The Mets may have just won the offseason, at least according to their disgruntled fanbase.
Wednesday’s news that the Wilpon family is in negotiations to sell 80 percent of the Mets to hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen set off fans’ joy on social media.
While negotiations are ongoing, and CEO Fred Wilpon and COO Jeff Wilpon will remain in their respective roles for the next five years, according to Bloomberg News, fans didn’t hold back.
The end of the five-year term reportedly would allow Cohen — a lifelong Mets fan who has a net worth of $9.2 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index — a path to take control of the franchise. If that happens, Cohen would become the MLB’s richest owner.
The Wilpons have long-been criticized for an apparent unwillingness to spend the big bucks necessary to keep the the team competitive, despite being in the New York market. The Mets ranked 12th in Opening Day payroll last season, $56 million behind the Yankees who were second behind only the Cubs, according to USA Today. The Mets have missed the postseason the last three years, and have made it just three times total since losing to the Yankees in the 2000 World Series.