Jon Heyman On WFAN: Hears Mets' Sale Might Come Quick

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

The Wilpons still own the Mets, but it likely won’t be for long. According to WFAN’s baseball Insider Jon Heyman, a sale is expected to happen fairly quickly.Earlier this year, it looked like the Wilpons found a buyer in billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen which fell apart nearly a month ago. As the Wilpons continue to field offers for the organization, there has been some thought that Cohen could reemerge as a potential candidate, but according to Heyman, that won’t be the case.Heyman joined WFAN’s afternoon show ‘Joe and Evan’ Friday afternoon, telling them, “barring something unforeseen it will not be Steve Cohen.” One issue that was previously said to cause the sale to collapse was the Wilpons wanting a five-year transition period in turning the team over to a new owner.

According to Heyman, the Wilpons are willing to now do without that five-year transition, but Cohen is still unlikely to be the buyer. Other rumored suitors, Alex Rodriguez and current presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg are also both unlikely to land a deal for the club, Heyman said. A-Rod was reported to have interest, but with a net worth near $350 million he would need to bring in other investors which would take time to organize.  Heyman also said he doesn’t believe Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan will be involved in a sale, categorizing him as “unlikely” to buy the team. For Mets’ fans eager to see new ownership takeover, Heyman offered some good news, saying an unnamed person with interest in buying the team told him the sale will might come fairly quick. Heyman told Joe and Evan he takes fairly quick as meaning some point this year.Click the audio player above to hear the full interview with Jon Heyman