Steve Cohen is reportedly back in the running to buy the Mets

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In December, the Mets were reportedly in talks with billionaire Steve Cohen to sell him an 80% share of the team, up from his 8% stake. In early February, the relationship between the Mets and Cohen soured as the Wilpons reportedly wanted to change the terms of the agreement. The thought was that Cohen would assume control by 2025, but the Wilpons wanted to hold onto power longer than that.

Per Jon Heyman, the Mets and Cohen have worked out their differences. Cohen is back in the running to purchase the team. Prospective bidders are expected to put in their bids by Thursday. Cohen, with a net worth well above $10 billion, is seen as the favorite. Other bidders include Josh Harris and David Blitzer, Álex Rodríguez and Jennifer Lopez, the Reuben brothers, along with one or two additional “mystery bidders,” as Heyman puts it.

The purported deal back in December would have valued the Mets at $2.6 billion. It will be interesting to see how the bids play out relative to that figure. Forbes currently values the Mets at $2.4 billion.

Fred Wilpon and Sterling Equities bought out Nelson Doubleday’s 50% share in the Mets for $391 million back in 2002. Last month, Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said, “The industry isn’t very profitable, to be quite honest.” Hmm.

Alvarez’s bases-clearing double sends Astros past White Sox

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HOUSTON – Yordan Alvarez hit a go-ahead three-run double in the seventh inning, and the Houston Astros rallied past the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Friday night for their first win of the season.

Kyle Tucker hit a two-run homer in the sixth and made a spectacular catch at the wall in the seventh to rob Andrew Benintendi of extra bases and keep the World Series champion Astros within one run.

Eloy Jimenez hit two RBI doubles for the White Sox, both off Astros starter Cristian Javier.

Jimenez’s first double scored Tim Anderson in the first inning. In the sixth, Javier gave up three straight doubles to Benintendi, Jimenez and Joan Moncada to make it 3-0 and end his night.

White Sox reliever Kendall Graveman (0-1) loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh on two walks and a single. Jake Diekman came on and gave up Alvarez’s double to deep left-center, a drive that just eluded Luis Robert Jr. and bounced off the wall, clearing the bases.

Four Astros relievers each worked one scoreless inning. Seth Martinez (1-0) got the win and Rafael Montero handled the ninth for his first save.

Chicago starter Lance Lynn allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.


White Sox INF Andrew Vaughn, who hit a go-ahead two-run double in Thursday’s season-opening win, did not play. Vaughn experienced lower back issues during spring training. Gavin Sheets started at first base.


Astros outfielder Corey Yulks, a Houston-area native, singled in his first at-bat and finished 1-for-4 in his major league debut.


Astros owner Jim Crane and his wife, Whitney, presented the team and staff with their 2022 World Series rings in a pregame ceremony.


Astros: LHP Blake Taylor, who is on the 15-day injured list with a left elbow strain, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sugar Land.


The four-game season-opening series continues Saturday when Houston’s Jose Urquidy faces Chicago’s Lucas Giolito.