Steve Cohen will take Mets to ‘highest level’ for player spending: friend

The potential successor to the Wilpons sounds nothing like them in one crucial area.

A friend close to prospective Mets owner Steve Cohen told The Post’s Mike Puma that Cohen “will play the game at the highest level” in regards to spending on players.

That may not come for five years, the length of time Fred Wilpon (CEO) and son Jeff Wilpon (COO) will keep their place on top of the franchise. But after that, Cohen, who has an estimated net worth of $9.2 billion, will take over a controlling 80-percent stake in the franchise, Bloomberg News reported.

The Mets’ payroll under the Wilpons consistently has been near the middle of the league, even though they play in the country’s top market.

It has been the source of much exasperation from Mets fans who have watched the Yankees outspend them season after season.

Cohen is the chief executive of Point72 Asset Management.

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