Alex Rodriguez addresses rumors of his interest in buying Mets
Rumors swirled in the wake of Steve Cohen abruptly deciding not to go through on an expected purchase of the New York Mets last month that Alex Rodriguez could emerge as a potential suitor.
When asked by Jimmy Fallon on Monday night about possibly making a run at becoming the owner of the MLB team, A-Rod did not explicitly rule it out.
.@AROD reveals he would be interested in buying the @Mets #FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/FTCxSXNIrM— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) March 10, 2020
“Here’s what it is. I love New York City, number one. A lot of people don’t know this,” Rodriguez said. “Growing up I was a big Mets fan and with the exception of my daughter’s birth, both of them, the best years of my life were 1986 and 2009, when we won. I will say this. If the opportunity came up, I would certainly look at it.”
A-Rod then jokingly floated that Fallon ought to join his theoretical ownership group.
“And maybe you can buy them with me,” Rodriguez said. “I need a partner!”
The wheels quickly fell off Cohen’s pursuit of the Mets over a handful of issues and disagreements with Wilpon family. The billionaire hedge fund manager was believed to be interested in immediately taking over control of the Mets franchise after offering $2.6 billion for an 80% stake in the club, among other demands, but the Wilpons balked.
While Rodriguez was reportedly “kicking the tires” on a possible ownership bid, the former Yankees star is viewed as a long shot to actually purchase the team. That being said, such a purchase is not without precedent in MLB, as A-Rod’s former teammate Derek Jeter assembled an ownership group to purchase the Miami Marlins in 2017.
Not only that, Rodriguez’s net worth is said to be in the range of $350 million. Along with the estimated $400 million net worth of fiancée Jennifer Lopez — who also is said to be intrigued by becoming owner of the Mets — the duo could headline a formidable potential ownership group.