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The day that Mets fans have dreamed of for years has finally arrived, as MLB owners approved the sale of the franchise from the Wilpon family to billionaire Steve Cohen.
While some expected New York City mayor Bill de Blasio to throw a wrench in the potential sale, his office confirmed that the city has no objections to it.
In the end, 26 of the league’s owners voted to approve the sale.
Fred Wilpon provided a final statement thanking the various people who were forced to tolerate the presence of him and his son over the years.
The new owner immediately showed off his wealth by announcing plans to reverse the salary cuts that many Mets employees suffered in the wake of the pandemic, while also pledging financial support to various local charitable causes.
Noah Syndergaard welcomed his team’s newest owner by taking a not-so-subtle shot at the departing ones.
With Cohen soon to be in charge, what happens next?
One of the biggest questions is whether or not Brodie Van Wagenen will still have a job with the team, as there are already whispers that the team will have a new president of baseball operations and general manager.
The Mets will have to make a decision soon about whether to offer Marcus Stroman a qualifying offer as he heads to free agency.
While ownership was busy changing hands, the team still found time to claim a pair of relievers off waivers.
Around the National League East
Philadelphia declined club options on three of their relievers.
Around Major League Baseball
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the in-person owners and winter meetings in November and December have been cancelled.
There is a lot of uncertainty about how negotiations for a new long-term collective bargaining agreement between the league and the Players Association will proceed this winter.
The Tigers named former Astros manager AJ Hinch as their new skipper, marking a surprisingly quick forgiveness for a man who is just coming off a year-long suspension for his role in one of the biggest scandals in MLB history.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Lukas Vlahos discussed how Cohen’s piles of money could be particularly advantageous this offseason in light of how the COVID pandemic is impacting the finances of other teams.
This Date in Mets History
Tom Seaver won his second of three career Cy Young awards on this date in 1973.