Steve Cohen has gone public with his first move as the next owner of the New York Mets, and it involves bringing in a familiar face.
Cohen will hire Sandy Alderson as president of the Mets, he announced in a statement on Thursday. Alderson, the former Mets GM from 2010-18, will oversee all baseball and business operations.
All of Cohen’s impending transactions as majority owner are pending approval by 23 of 29 MLB owners. The owners’ vote to approve Cohen is expected to come in November or earlier.
“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,” Cohen said in the statement. “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.
Cohen’s decision to hire Alderson brings into question current Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen’s future role with the club. Van Wagenen signed a four-year deal worth $10 million as GM in 2018. With Alderson taking over baseball operations, Van Wagenen’s decision making becomes superfluous.