The Mets’ Steve Cohen era has begun.
His purchase of the Mets from the Wilpon and Katz families was approved by MLB on Friday when franchise owners voted to accept Cohen into their club, then was given the OK by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, all but finalizing his takeover of his favorite childhood team.
The sale — which values the Mets at about $2.475 billion, a record for a North American sports franchise — is expected to close within the next 10 days.
“I am humbled that MLB’s owners have approved me to be the next owner of the New York Mets. Owning a team is a great privilege and an awesome responsibility,” Cohen said in a statement.
It continued: “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