Alex Rodriguez danced around a question about his reported interest in buying the Mets before leaving the door open.
Host Jimmy Fallon asked the former Yankees slugger and current Fox and ESPN baseball analyst on “The Tonight Show” Monday if it was “true you are interested in buying the New York Mets.” Rodriguez went on to opine about his love for New York City and being a Mets fan growing up before giving some insight.
“I will say this, if the opportunity [to buy the Mets] came up I would certainly look at it,” A-Rod said.
The Post reported in February that Rodriguez emerged as a potential suitor to buy the Mets and that he was “kicking the tires” on the idea after billionaire Steve Cohen walked away from his deal to purchase the team after issues apparently arose with the Wilpons over control of the club during the next five years. Cohen was willing to pay $2.6 billion to buy 80 percent the Amazin’s.
If Rodriguez — who made around $450 million during his playing days — was going to buy the Mets, he would need to put together an ownership group much like former Yankees teammate Derek Jeter did with the Marlins and Magic Johnson with the Dodgers. Rodriguez, who flirted with playing for the Mets in 2000, jokingly offered the opportunity to Fallon, a Yankees fan. A-Rod’s fiancee Jennifer Lopez is also a known Yankees fan.
“Maybe you can buy them with me,” Rodriguez told Fallon. “I need a partner!”
The Wilpons plan to sell the Mets through an auction conducted by the team’s longtime investment banker Allen & Co.