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.READ MORE: THE GREAT ESCAPE: Clever Pup Facilitates Breakout From New Jersey Doggy Day Care
The new owner, Steve Cohen, tweeted Friday, “It’s official, we are closed.”
It’s official , we are closed .
— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) November 6, 2020
The man affectionately known as Uncle Steve purchased the club from longtime owners the Wilpons for a record price of $2.4 billion.
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.READ MORE: Caught On Video: Carmine's Hostess Attacked After Asking Tourists For Proof Of Vaccination
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.
— New York Mets (@Mets) November 6, 2020
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.
MORE FROM CBS NEW YORKMORE NEWS: Firefighters On Scene Of House Fire In North Arlington, N.J.
- New York City’s New Quarantine Travel Rules Begin, New Jersey Adds States To Advisory List
- Police: Man Wanted For Snatching Gold Chains From Bronx Jewelry Store
- NYPD: More Than A Dozen Arrested When Post-Election Protests Turn Violent For 2nd Night In A Row
You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.