Steve Cohen isn’t wasting any time.
Shortly after MLB approved Cohen on Friday as the Mets’ new owner, the hedge-fund billionaire released a statement expressing his excitement and hope for a quick closing so he can get to work with a huge offseason about to get underway.
“I am humbled that MLB’s owners have approved me to be the next owner of the New York Mets,” Cohen said in the statement. “Owning a team is a great privilege and an awesome responsibility. I would like to thank the owners and Commissioner Manfred and his team for welcoming me to Major League Baseball.
“And I want 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!”
While MLB said in an announcement that the closing of the sale was expected within the next 10 days, Cohen has his sights set on an expedited process with free agents eligible to sign with teams beginning on Sunday.
Under Cohen, who purchased the team for $2.4 billion and is worth an estimated $14 billion, the Mets are expected to be contenders for some of the top free agents on the market. Among those who could garner interest in Queens this offseason include pitcher Trevor Bauer, catcher J.T. Realmuto and outfielder George Springer.