Steve Cohen reacts to approval as Mets owner, talks lifelong fandom and start of free agency

Danny Abriano
Steve Cohen treated art in chair blue background hands clasped
Steve Cohen treated art in chair blue background hands clasped

Steve Cohen was approved as the new majority owner of the Mets on Friday after a vote by MLB owners, with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio signing off on the sale shortly after.

With the process now nearly complete, Cohen released a statement on Friday afternoon:

I am humbled that MLB's owners have approved me to be the next owner of the New York Mets. Owning a team is a great privilege and an awesome responsibility.

I would like to thank Fred Wilpon for inviting me to buy into the franchise in 2012. Fred is one of the game's true gentlemen and I consider it an honor to be the new owner of this iconic franchise.

Most of all, I'd like to thank Mets fans for their unwavering support throughout this process.

My family and I are lifelong Mets fans, so we're really excited about this. With free agency starting Sunday night we will be working towards a quick close.

Let's Go Mets

Once the sale is final, Sandy Alderson will officially take over as team president, with SNY's Andy Martino reporting that Alderson will seek two executives to run baseball operations.

Among the immediate decisions the Cohen-led Mets will have to make is whether to extend a qualifying offer to Marcus Stroman. That decision must be made by Nov. 2, right as free agency officially begins.