While waiting for the approval of Major League Baseball to become the owner of the New York Mets, Steve Cohen has made his first big move.
The 64-year-old billionaire announced his intentions to bring a familiar face back to the franchise in a statement on Thursday morning (via MLB insider Joel Sherman).
"If I am fortunate enough to be approved by Major League Baseball as the next owner of this iconic franchise, Sandy Alderson will become president of the New York Mets and will oversee all Mets baseball and business operations. Sandy is an accomplished and respected baseball executive who shares my philosophy of building an organization and a team the right way.
"I am excited to have Sandy in a key leadership role with the Mets if my purchase of the team is approved. Let's Go Mets!"
This announcement confirms initial reports that Cohen wanted to bring Alderson back into the Mets front office, though the role he would fulfill was unclear at the time.
Sherman adds that Alderson's glimmering reputation throughout MLB could help Cohen build support in his attempt to become the owner of the Mets while it could also damage Brodie Van Wagenen's chances of staying in his current role as general manager.
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Alderson was the general manager of the Mets for nearly a decade, from 2010 to 2018, leaving the team after taking a leave of absence due to cancer and ultimately announcing he would not return. He currently acts as a senior advisor with the Oakland Athletics.