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The Mets may have found a minority investor

May 24, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

The last time we heard that the Mets were close to landing their sought-after minority investor — Steve Cohen — the deal went sideways.  So it was try, try again and, according to the New York Post, they’re getting close once again:

Team ownership has chosen a preferred bidder — the group led by former commodities trader Ray Bartoszek and investor Anthony Lanza — and have been in advanced talks since last week on the proposed deal to sell up to a 49 percent stake in the money-losing team for $200 million, sources told The Post.

As always, there are still details to nail down. One, which could be an issue, is that apparently Bartoszek and Lanza want a piece of SNY. Which seems reasonable given that it makes tons of money and the Mets, at the moment anyway, not so much.  You want equity, Fred, you gotta give up something of value, right?

According to the post, Wilpon wants this deal to close by June 30th. I’m assuming that date is important for fiscal year purposes, but given Wilpon, that could just be the release date of the next in-depth interview he gave and he wants to get out in front of things.

  1. halladaysbicepts - May 24, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    I hear that if the deal with this group falls through, the Mets have another potential investor in place.

    His picture is in the link below.

    http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/photogallery/year_2009/month_09/day_16/cf7002440.html

  2. Jonny 5 - May 24, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Pay 200 million to be permitted to lose about 30 million per year?? Awesome!! Where do I sign?

  3. jwbiii - May 24, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    “According to the post, Wilpon wants this deal to close by June 30th.”

    I’m assuming that date is important for making payroll.

  4. Reflex - May 24, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Hey, you included chrisny in the picture for once!

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