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Reports: Owners set for final vote on Mets sale

Major League Baseball owners will vote Friday on the sale of the New York Mets to billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen, according to multiple reports.

The proposed purchase of 95% of the Mets by an entity of Cohen was already approved by MLB’s ownership committee. Cohen needs 23 of the 30 clubs to sign off for the deal to be completed. The sale values the franchise at $2.4 billion to $2.5 billion.

The current Mets ownership group is headed by Fred Wilpon, brother-in-law Saul Katz and Wilpon’s son Jeff, the team’s chief operating officer. The Wilpon and Katz families would retain 5% of the team.

The New York Daily News first reported that the vote would take place Friday.

Cohen first bought into the Mets when the team sought $20 million in minority investment stakes following the collapse of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, which was costly to the Wilpons and their companies. The limited partnership shares were sold after a proposed $200 million sale of a stake of the Mets to hedge fund manager David Einhorn fell through in 2011.

Cohen, 64, is CEO and president of Point72 Asset Management.

Cohen already has announced that former general manager Sandy Alderson would return as team president.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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