Forget if cannot beat them, join them, for baseball legend Alex Rodriguez it might be if you cannot join them, just buy them.
A-Rod, once famously was rejected in 2000 as not worth it by the New York Mets in free agency, is the latest name to be rumored to be interested in the franchise, according to the N.Y. Post.
"He's a businessman and a baseball man based in New York," an A-Rod ally told the Post. "Why wouldn't he be looking at this?"
The former New York Yankee is "kicking the tires" on joining the bidding, according to the Post.
Hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen's proposed $2.6 billion acquisition of an 80% stake in the franchise fell through this winter, perhaps in part because current owners wanted to maintain acting control for five years. Although Cohen might still be negotiating, the Mets had announced the deal was off and others were going to be weighed.
A-Rod's former teammate Derek Jeter put together an ownership group of 15 other investors for a $1.2 billion acquisition of the Miami Marlins. A-Rod's relationship with wealthy singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, his fiancée, gives him similar firepower, even if the deal would be a longshot.
"[A-Rod] genuinely loves the Mets," an A-Rod source told the Post. "He and J.Lo have talked about him buying a team ever since Jeter got the Marlins."
The Mets are considering a $3 billion auction sale of the franchise, according to the report.
A-Rod's net worth is reported to be around $350 million, while J.Lo's is estimated to be $400 million, per the Post.
"No chance A-Rod pulls that off, especially with Steve Cohen still out there playing safety on this thing," a banker familiar with Cohen's deal told the Post. "This auction will not get close to $3 billion, and it will be lucky to get over $2 billion. Steve knows that. He's talking to people and he's waiting for the Wilpons to come back begging for $2.6 billion and no five-year window."
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