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Steve Cohen’s Mets purchase expected to be approved by MLB owners on Friday

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The Mets’ new owner is one step closer to taking the reigns of the franchise.

Lincoln Center Alternative Investment Gala Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Lincoln Center

Per the Daily News, MLB owners are expected to vote to approve Steve Cohen as the new owner of the Mets on Friday. Cohen needs 22 out of a possible 29 votes for approval, and with only one definite “no” and two others on the fence, Cohen’s approval appears all but inevitable.

While this vote is the final step on the MLB side, Cohen still needs approval from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, as the grounds on which Citi Field is built are owned by the city. This additional hurdle isn’t anticipated to prevent the sale of the team, but there is some fear that a hang-up could adversely effect the Mets’ offseason plans. Any delay could leave the Mets out in the cold in free agency or in the trade market, a major problem for a roster that needs significant additions and a new owner who has indicated a willingness to spend.

Regardless, Steve Cohen remains on track to become the new owner of the Mets, ending 18 years of ownership by the Wilpon family that will not be remembered fondly by most. Hopefully no bureaucratic or political roadblocks drag this process on any longer than absolutely necessary.