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Trump Looking To Meet With Wilpon About Possible Mets Ownership
Published February 16, 2011
GROUP MENTALITY: In N.Y., Kaja Whitehouse reports a "group of Big Apple wheelers and dealers from investment bank and brokerage firm Tritaurian Capital have concocted an ingenious plan" to buy the Mets from Wilpon "by selling $999 shares to thousands of Mets fans." James Preissler, John Calce and William Heyn have teamed to form BuytheMets.com Ltd., and are "currently seeking investment partners" through the website, which launched today. The $999 per-share price "does not include credit-card processing and other fees, which Preissler says will range from $40 to $100 per transaction." He added that "if the deal falls through, the investors get their money back, minus the fees" (N.Y. POST, 2/16).
ENTER SANDMAN: Mets GM Sandy Alderson yesterday reiterated that he "did not expect the entanglement of the team’s ownership" in the $1B lawsuit to "affect his handling of the baseball operation." Alderson said, "Anything we do is going to be viewed through the prism of what’s going on in New York. All I can do is try to make the best baseball judgments. And, at this point, I’m not facing any limitations. And, at this point, I don’t expect to." He added, "I think it’s important for ownership that the focus here be on baseball" (NYTIMES.com, 2/15). In N.Y., Harvey Araton writes what the Wilpons "can best do for Alderson, their players and fans right now is to stay away, out of sight and eventually, with any luck, out of mind." Let Alderson and his baseball operations team "try to steer this ship gone aground back into Flushing Bay" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/16).