In the deal to sell the Mets, a tick fits a familiar pattern

The Mets announced in December that Steve Cohen was trying to acquire the majority of the team.

Mets fans and supporters – and even New York residents who are not interested in baseball – have been used to seeing team agreements that looked like things were going to change significantly at the last minute for years.

A certain amount of publicity was in the news when news came out on Tuesday night that a deal to sell the team to Steve Cohen, a billionaire hedge fund owner, was about to collapse.

Cohen, who already has a small stake in the team, negotiated with the Wilpon family that controls the Mets to acquire 80 percent of the team in a deal that valued the franchise at around $ 2.5 billion would.

According to three people who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly, the deal was nearing a conclusion when it hit a hook. The dispute centered around the Wilpon family's desire to retain control of the team after the majority stake was handed over, and the schedule for the payments that Cohen said two people would make.

The Mets contested Einhorn's claims, saying the deal failed because it expected to be approved by Major League Baseball as the team's future control owner – a guarantee that the Wilpons would insist that M.L.B. to be banned.

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An agreement with officials in New York to build a minor league baseball stadium on Coney Island in the early 2000s almost collapsed as the Mets attempted to change the way visitor numbers were counted.

The Mets are also known to make short-term demands when negotiating with players.

A trade for Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, Carlos Gomez, was killed in 2015 after Mets Gomez's medical exam classified it as a hip problem risk, an allegation denied by Brewers and Gomez’s agent. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel The Mets were reported to have withdrawn from business after the Brewers objected to their trading partner's desire for more money.

Jae Weong Seo, who played for the Mets in the early 2000s, had to accept a reduced contract after the team announced that its medical staff had discovered test irregularities.

According to some a dozen people directly related to the Mets and Wilpon family, the deal with Cohen came at the request of some family members who were concerned about the direction of the franchise company, which is promoting hundreds of millions of dollar debt if it should be primarily controlled by Jeff Wilpon as soon as his father and uncle step aside.

The Mets have experienced some turmoil since the sales negotiations were first announced. The team broke up with coach Carlos Beltran last month, less than three months after hiring, because M.L.B's devastating report of the Astros theft scandal identified Beltran as one of the players who cheated.

A first hint of a rift between the Wilpons and Cohen surfaced a few days later when the team announced that Luis Rojas would be hired as manager. Brodie Van Wagenen, General Manager of Mets, said Cohen was not consulted on the election.

Now that Pitcher and Catcher are preparing to show up for spring training at the Mets complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida on Monday, it is unclear whether Cohen will ever have a say in the team.

Kate Kelly contributed to the reporting.