PHILADELPHIA — The first significant decision for the new Mets boss-in-waiting will be deciding who should oversee baseball operations.
Steve Cohen’s transition to Mets owner won’t become official until next month at the earliest, when MLB owners vote on the $2.4 billion transaction that would leave the hedge fund billionaire as the franchise’s control person. However, it’s also possible that vote won’t occur until the quarterly owners’ meetings in November. Cohen will need 23 of 29 votes.
The Wilpon and Katz families will relinquish their voices on organizational matters, but less clear is whether general manager Brodie Van Wagenen will retain control of baseball operations.
According to sources, Van Wagenen and Cohen have spoken on several occasions since last winter, when Cohen, a minority partner, first entered exclusive negotiations to buy the team. That deal never materialized, however, as team COO Jeff Wilpon’s potential role in the new regime became a sticking point. Cohen, as part of the feeling-out process, also got to know key members of Van Wagenen’s front office. Cohen had a previous relationship with senior adviser Omar Minaya, a longtime…