NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets officially have a new owner, and he’s getting right to work making big moves.

Nearly a year after the Mets started talks to sell the team, the sale has been completed.

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The new owner, Steve Cohen, tweeted Friday, “It’s official, we are closed.”

The man affectionately known as Uncle Steve purchased the club from longtime owners the Wilpons for a record price of $2.4 billion.

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His first act was to clean house in the front office, starting with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. After two years as the Mets GM, Van Wagenen has been given his walking papers.

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Special assistant Omar Minaya is also out, as well as several other front office members, CBS2’s Steve Overmyer reports.

Sandy Alderson will take over as team president and will now build the front office from scratch.

The Mets also offered a message from their new owner, saying in part, “The 2021 season is right around the corner and we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

The team is planning on having their introductory press conference for Cohen on Tuesday.


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