Nearly a week after MLB owners voted to approve Steve Cohen’s purchase of the Mets from the Wilpon and Katz families, the parties are moving toward a smooth closing, according to people involved in the process.
Here’s what to expect over the next few days:
-- The closing itself could happen as soon as Friday. At that point, ownership of the Mets will change hands and Sandy Alderson will become team president. Until then, the current leadership is still in charge.
-- The days after that will mark Cohen and Alderson’s first chances to put their own stamp on the organization. The two will likely meet with top baseball operations executives, from GM Brodie Van Wagenen to his lieutenants Allard Baird, Omar Minaya, Adam Guttridge and Jared Banner.
Announcements on their futures with the organization will follow. As we’ve been saying, the change in ownership will naturally bring significant changes in baseball operations. Other than Minaya, Van Wagenen and his group came in under outgoing COO Jeff Wilpon -- and were not, of course, Alderson’s choices.
-- The public will hear from Cohen and Alderson in a news conference, likely in the early part of next week.
-- Alderson will get to work interviewing two heads of baseball operations. This process will not begin until he is in charge and has announced decisions on current personnel. In the meantime, he can attend to the day-to-day running of the team.