Alex Rodriguez, who grew up a Mets fan and has spoken in the past about idolizing the 1986 World Series team, has emerged as a "potential suitor" to buy the team, reports Thornton McEnery of the New York Post.
According to McEnery, Rodriguez is "kicking the tires" about the idea of buying the Mets, though sources told McEnery that any bid from Rodriguez would be "a long shot" that would require Rodriguez putting together "an ownership group of even wealthier investors."
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon released a statement last week after the potential sale to Steve Cohen fell through, saying the team is "moving forward to find a new transaction."
Last Sunday, Bloomberg reported that in the wake of the failed negotiations with Cohen, there would be "no preconditions regarding control of the team" as part of the next attempted sale, meaning whoever becomes majority owner would likely have full control once the sale is complete.
Rodriguez's former teammate Derek Jeter recently became part-owner and CEO of the Marlins, with a source telling McEnery that A-Rod has been thinking about purchasing a team ever since Jeter became involved with the Marlins.
"[Rodriguez] genuinely loves the Mets," the source said. "He and J.Lo have talked about him buying a team ever since Jeter got the Marlins."
When he hit free agency after the 2000 season, Rodriguez attended one of the Mets vs. Yankees World Series games at Shea Stadium, but the Mets' pursuit of him went nowhere when then-GM Steve Phillips referred to him as a "24+1" player.
The 44-year-old Rodriguez -- a New York native -- has become a respected MLB analyst after his career ended a few years after being wrapped up in a steroid scandal.